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How long does it take to renew a passport?
If you’re not in too much of a hurry to renew your US passport, then you can apply using the routine mail service with the completed form DS-82. The US Passports & International Travel website lets you either fill in the form online to then print out or print out a pdf to complete by hand.
As of now (April 21st 2015), the current processing time for the routine service is approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.
The renewal of an adult passport book and card is currently $140. For all passport fees, check this link.
If you need it faster, how long does it take to renew a passport with the expedited service?
Currently, the expedited service isn’t a whole lot faster to use then the routine renewal service; as of April 21st 2015, it still takes around 3 weeks. The expedited service costs an extra $60 plus any delivery costs and you can either mail the form or apply in person.
If you can show an urgent need, you may receive the passport sooner than three weeks. Call the National Passport Information Center during regular business hours as soon as possible. After 5PM Eastern time, at the weekend or on holidays, you need to call (202) 647-4000 for reasons of emergency travel only.
How long does it take to renew a passport in person?
The best method of expedited renewal of your passport is in person at your nearest Authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. They say it can take around eight business days to process, but you could receive it the same day.
If you need it urgently, apply at one of the 28 US Department of State Passport Agencies around the country. In order to make an appointment, most of these passport agencies require proof that you’re traveling within two weeks. Although it isn’t advertised, some agencies allow walk-ins – speak to someone at the National Passport Information Center or at the agency itself in advance to see if it’s worth the trip. Take proof of travel and cross your fingers that the passport agency cam pull some strings.
Avoid using a Passport Expeditor/Courier Company, as you won’t get your passport any quicker than applying with a passport agency directly and you may find you’re parting with more cash than necessary. Some of these companies are shady affairs and often make promises they can’t keep. When it’s your passport and your personal details at stake, stick with the official passport agencies.