Emergency Trip? How To Get Your Passport In a Hurry

Getting a passport in a hurry allows you to travel the world.

There are lots of reasons you may need a fast passport. Here at The Passport Office we’ll make sure you get your new or renewed passport as soon as possible so that you can make it onto your flight. Whether you qualify for an emergency passport, or simply want an expedited passport in the next few weeks – or even the next day – we’ve got you covered.  

You can take a deep breath and rest easy knowing that you’ll have your updated passport in no time. As the number one expedited passport agency, The Passport Office will make sure you receive your passport in a hurry. 

Common Reasons For Needing A Passport In A Hurry

Typically, getting a passport can be a drawn-out process. Waiting is always the hardest part and when you have a plane to catch it can be stressful not knowing how quickly your passport is arriving. Sometimes there are emergencies or unavoidable circumstances that arise, forcing you to try to obtain a fast passport. The Passport Office makes sure that you receive an expedited passport as soon as you need it so that you can be on your way to whatever country and adventure awaits you next. 

There are multiple reasons people may need a passport in a hurry, and one of these reasons may apply to you! One of the top reasons is your passport simply went missing. You have your bags packed, itinerary stored, and as you’re going over your checklist you just can’t seem to find your passport. No matter how cautious you are about keeping your passport in a safe place, anyone can misplace their passport. If you realize your mistake shortly before your trip, you’ll have to get your passport in a hurry. 

The second reason you may need a fast passport is that your passport expired. Even if you remembered to store your passport in a safe place, it can be difficult to keep track of the expiration date – especially if you haven’t traveled recently. Passports are valid for 10 years for adults before they need to be renewed.  It’s important to keep in mind that some countries won’t allow you to enter their country unless you have at least 6 months left before your passport expires. 

Reason number three for needing a passport in a hurry is that a sudden need to travel arises. Whether an overseas family member has an impromptu wedding or falls ill, you never know when you’ll be needed in another country. If your passport is not up-to-date, The Passport Office will get you equipped to be on a plane and visit your loved ones at the times they need you most. 

The final reason is confusion about whether or not you need a passport for your trip. For most cases, you need a passport to travel anywhere internationally. However, several years ago you weren’t required to have a passport for traveling to Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean from the US. Visit The Passport Office today for assistance on passport tips and requirements and for applying for a fast passport with our simple and easy application process. 

Requirements For Expedited Passport Services 

An expedited passport is obviously a need that arises when you have to leave the country quickly. The Passport Office can get you set up with an expedited passport with proof of travel, and you can have your new passport in the mail within a matter of days.  If you suddenly face the need to travel internationally on very short notice, contact your local Passport Office to learn more about the best way to proceed.   

Have The Essentials Ready 

Getting a fast passport allows people of all ages to hit the road.

When applying for a new or renewed passport at one of our offices, make sure you bring proof of international travel. This proof generally involves airline tickets or tickets proving some other form of travel. If you are traveling by land, such as driving into Mexico, you can write a letter explaining your travel circumstances.  We can help you expedite the passport from there. 

This next piece is the most important! Fill out the application form ahead of time. If you aren’t sure how to fill in some of the information, ask for assistance at The Passport Office. You will also need a standard 2X2 inch photo for your new passport. There are specific standards that passports require, so either double check the requirements or get your picture taken by a service that guarantees to meet the standards.  Examples of these specific standards include: 

Photo Basics 

  • Submit a color photo, taken in the last 6 months 
  • Use a clear image of your face. Do not use filters commonly used on social media. 
  • Have someone else take your photo. No selfies. 
  • Take off your eyeglasses for your photo. 
  • Use a plain white or off-white background 

Resolution, Print Size, and Quality 

  • Submit a high-resolution photo that is not blurry, grainy, or pixelated. 
  • The correct size of a passport photo is: 
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)  
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head 
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper 
  • Do not digitally change the photo 
  • You cannot submit a damaged photo with holes, creases, or smudges. 

Pose and Expression 

  • Have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.  
  • Face the camera directly with full face in view.  


  • You cannot wear glasses. 
    • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application. 
  • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis.   
  • You cannot wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire.  
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering. 
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of traditional religious attire  worn continuously in public. 
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor’s statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes. 
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face. 
  • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices. 
  • You can wear jewelry and keep on your facial piercings as long as they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for passport purposes as well.  

For a complete list of requirements, see the information available here from the United States Department of State.   

Last but certainly not least – bring your checkbook. A new passport costs $110 if it is not expedited.  An expedited passport costs $170 and a child’s expedited passport costs $140.  You can pay with check, money order, or credit card. 

How Fast Is Fast? 

The Passport Office offers same day service for those who really need a fast passport. Depending on your circumstance, you can receive a rushed passport at varying prices. Emergency passports will differ from expedited passport costs.  

If your passport gets lost or stolen, you will also need to act quickly. It’s important to immediately report a lost or stolen passport to the police or the authorities in the country you are in. The urgent services you’ll need with a lost or stolen passport will move along quicker the sooner you report your incident. 

The Passport Office is the number one ranked expedited passport service in the nation. By completing the 3 easy steps for a new or renewed passport, you will receive a new fast passport within a matter of days. With priority service, you can receive your passport in 3-4 business days, and if you’re really in a rush, with a premium fee you can opt for same day service. 

Final Quick Tips 

The Passport Office wants you to be prepared for your next travel adventure. Some key insights will help you apply for a passport in a hurry successfully. When we’re feeling rushed it’s easy to overlook some important pieces. So here are some final quick tips to assure you are ready to apply for your new or renewed passport. 

Become familiar with what is on a passport. A passport contains a person’s legal name, date and location of birth, head shot, passport number, signature, and date of issue and expiration. By knowing where the expiration date is on your passport, you can be sure that your passport is up-to-date. Keep in mind that some countries require your passport to be within 6 months of expiring.  

If this is your first passport, if your passport was lost or stolen, or if it’s been 15 years or more since you were last issued a passport, you’re required to go in-person to a local passport acceptance facility to apply. The Passport Office can help you locate the nearest acceptance facility if you happen to be in the United States.   

For special circumstances with place of birth, keep these things in mind. If you were born to American parents while they were traveling outside of the country, you should still have a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. You can contact the country’s consulate or embassy if you are unable to find this report. If you were born on a military base abroad, you may need to contact the hospital where you were born as you may not have been registered with a US embassy. 

When you apply for a renewed passport, the good news is you will get your old passport back! Your old passport will be sent with your new passport. That means that you can keep all your stamps of cherished memories from travels abroad. 

Contact The Passport Office today to get assistance with a fast passport. As the top-ranked expedited passport service in the US, you can be sure to get the friendly customer service you deserve and all your passport needs to be met. There are many reasons you may need a passport in a hurry. The Passport Office has you covered, so feel free to get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help you.