by William Manor
You have an international trip scheduled to depart in only a few days but no valid passport. To make matters worse, you tried to schedule an appointment at the nearest regional passport agency but there was no opening before your departure date. What can you do? Is it still possible to obtain a passport in such a short period of time? Is there any hope of making your trip?
Yes, there is a way to get your travel document in the time you need it. You can employ the services of a professional expediting service in order to get an expedited passport in 24 to 48 hours. These expediters have a standing appointment with regional agencies which allow them to submit passport applications for their clients on a daily basis. Applicants who are unable to schedule an appointment or who just live too far away to personally visit an agency can get a passport in a hurry through an experienced expediting service.
One of the most frequently asked questions by American citizens who are considering using a professional expediter is whether or not these service providers are legitimate. This is understandable given the fact that fees can run as much as $299 for same day service and time restraints do not allow for proper research and evaluation.
“Expediters are legitimate service providers,” stated William Manor, owner of U.S. Passport Service Guide. “They have been around for decades and are required to register with the regional passport agencies in order to operate. This does not imply that every expediting service performs at the same level of professionalism. Applicants should at least examine how long an expediting service has been operating and whether or not any complaints have been registered against them,” concluded Mr. Manor.
Once a passport expediter has been chosen, the process is quite simple. Applicants need to complete the expediter’s online form and then send the company the completed passport application and supporting documentation required by the U.S. Department of State. Those who are requesting a new passport still need to appear at a local passport office in order to take an oath and have an authorized agent witness the signing of their application. Only then can it be sent to the expediting service.
Fees vary depending on how quickly an applicant wants to expedite the process. Those who need to get passports in only 24 hours will pay the most. This is the bad news. The good news it that it can be done. There is hope for obtaining a passport in 24 to 48 hours. The solution is expedited passport service.
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U.S. Passport Service Guide, the experts in expedited passports, provide international travelers with access to a directory of more than forty expedited passport services.