Conde Nast Traveler 12/23/2019
Renewing your passport isn't the hardest process in the world, but it certainly can be a headache. The steps typically involve setting an alarm for six months before the passport's expiration date, filling out the proper paperwork, getting a new photo, mailing in the application, and then...waiting—sometimes for up to eight weeks. Needless to say, this procedure can be quite stressful if you're in a time crunch—and it can be extremely stressful if you need a new passport, like, tomorrow. Luckily for any procrastinators out there, Mobile Passport just added a feature that lets users renew their passport within 24 hours.
The Mobile Passport app is already a favorite among travelers: Launched in 2014, the app lets users fill out their passport and declaration information and submit it in advance of returning to the U.S., letting them skip the paperwork, long lines, and interviews at customs and immigration. (We've found it saves even more time than Global Entry.) So you can imagine our glee when the company announced its new passport-renewing capability last week, as part of a partnership with RushMyPassport—a website with the sole purpose of shortening the process of obtaining and renewing passports. Here's how it works: Mobile Passport will send you a notification six months before your passport expires, and then provide step-by-step instructions for renewing said passport. And if you need your new passport ASAP, RushMyPassport can help expedite the process in as little as 24 hours—for a price, of course. (Fees start at the standard government price of $170, and get higher as the turnaround time gets shorter.) You will still have to physically mail in your application and photo, but it still is easier than driving to a passport agency and/or trying to figure out the instructions over at the U.S. Department of State's website.
If you need to rush-order a new passport but aren't a fan of doing everything on your phone, FedEx also lets travelers renew their passports within—you guessed it—24 hours. Customers can now stop in 2,000 FedEx locations across the country and choose from a tiered system of timeframes, ranging from 24-hour service to rush renewal (10 to 12 business days). It's a pricy option with a $449 fee from FedEx on top of the expedited government fee of $170, but it's certainly worth it to be able to travel abroad at the drop of a hat. And let's face it: As winter grows colder and colder, we're willing to shell out the big bucks for a last-minute tropical vacation.
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