If you need to apply for a new U.S. passport in a hurry, you can use the expedited processing service. It requires an additional fee but allows you to get your passport back in as little as 24 hours.
Step 1: Complete the DS-11 form. Use this form if you’re applying for a first-time passport or if it has been 15 years since your last one. If you have never been issued a U.S. passport, use Form DS-82 instead.
Step 2: Get two identical passport photos taken by a professional photographer or at a photo booth at the post office. (You can also take them yourself, but they must be taken in color and taken straight on with no hat or sunglasses.)
Step 3: Schedule an appointment at any regional agency location, where they’ll process your application and issue your passport if all goes well. You can also schedule an appointment online with any agency location, but this doesn’t guarantee that there will be an available opening within 24 hours — just that someone will call you back when there is one available.
Step 4: Write down all relevant contact information on your DS-11 form, including your passport appointment date and time, as well as the name of the person who called you back from the agency.
Step 5: Take your application and supporting documents to an agency location for processing.
Do You Need Your Passport Fast?
You can usually get a passport in 4-6 weeks if you apply by mail and are willing to pay for expedited service, but this isn’t the quickest option. If you need your passport within 24 hours or less, then you need to contact passport expediting service. They can help you get a passport in just 24 hours. If you need your passport fast, don’t let your plans be held up by slow processing times at the post office.