Expediting Passport Services Comparison and Reviews
Reviews and comparisons of expediting passport services in the United States for 2012.
Do you need to get your passport quickly? Before rushing out to find a company to hire, you should first look for both good and bad reviews from other travelers.
Your choices can be quite overwhelming as there are more than a few US expedite services available.
Your best bet is to stick to companies that have been around and established for more than just a few years. Below you can compare our top choices for expediting passport services and also read reviews left by others at the bottom of this page.
Our top choices for US passport expedite service:
FastPort Passport Service. Since 2003 Fastport has provided online passport expedite service. They are a registered courier service with the U.S. Department of State, foreign consulates and embassies which enables them to secure passports and visas for U.S. citizens nationwide as needed.
RushMyPassport.com is a well established company that processes US passport expedited renewals. They have an easy to use interface with clear instructions and are available for online chat during business hours. You have the option of paying for your service either online or by calling them toll-free. They have received high marks from the Wall Street Journal and a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).
VisaHQ has been providing online assistance since 2003. They boast an impressive database of all passport and travel visa requirements for tourists and business travelers.
ItsEasy Passport has been around since 1976, based out of the East Coast. Widely known as one of the most experienced expedite services in the United States, ItsEasy processes thousands of passports for their clients annually.
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USPS Passport Expediting
Your first choice is to go through your local post office or mailing in your passport application with the expedite option checked which costs an additional $60. Some people are lucky enough to get their passport back in less than a week.
*Although, there are also many people who are put into an unfortunate situation by having to wait 2-3 weeks and possibly missing or rescheduling their vacation.
Applying in Person at Passport Agency
If you live near a regional passport agency then you can call to make an appointment to go in person to apply. This may not be an option for most since the agency is too far away or an appointment is not available in time.
The best companies provide easy to contact customer service and order tracking so you can easily see online how far along your application is.
The instructions should not only be fully detailed but also simple to understand and complete. You also should be certain that the application you are using is the most recent, updated version.
The ideal expedite passport service should be able to guarantee your passport will be back to you before your scheduled vacation.
Make sure to check the pricing since there are different levels of processing times available. The faster you need your new passport back, the higher the service fee. Most companies offer multiple levels ranging from 24 hours all the way to 15 business days.
Although paying online by credit card is becoming more and more common, most US passport services will still allow you to pay by money order and sometimes even personal check.
Remember also that when you are looking for expediting passport services that you have to pay a $60 expedite fee to the US Department of State, in addition to the service fee charged by the company you decide to hire.
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