Wannabe international travelers have an ultra-convenient new way to get their passport processed in a jiffy: Texas-based FedEx Office, previously known for printing, packing, and shipping, has teamed up with RushMyPassport, an online passport service, to offer expedited U.S. passport services, beginning July 1.
The U.S. State Department recently increased the average time it takes to get a passport processed to 6-8 weeks (it used to be 4-6 weeks).
Now you can stop at one of the 2,000 FedEx locations or visit them online at FedEx.com/passport if you need rushed passport processing, renewals, or updated government-compliant passport photos.
You can actually get a passport in as quickly as one day.
Other services include overnight shipping for rushed passport applications, full-tracking visibility throughout the approval process, and 24/7 assistance from passport specialists.
Kim Dixon, chief operating officer of FedEx Office, which is based in Plano, says in a release that this collaboration with RushMyPassport gives travelers a quick and efficient way to expedite and renew their passports.
"Many of us have experienced the distress of realizing our passport isn’t ready for an upcoming trip and, as a result, scramble to find a last-minute solution," Dixon says. "This convenient service will help eliminate the confusion and common errors that often arise and help simplify the process."
Expedited passports and rushed passport renewal baseline pricing is offered at six levels:
- 24-hour service — one business day: $449
- Next-day service — two business days: $349
- Priority service — three to five business days: $249
- Rush service — six to seven business days: $169
- Standard service — eight to 10 business days: $119
- Rush renewal — 10-12 business days: $99
They'll also sell government-compliant 2x2 photos to submit with passport applications, for a mere $14.95.
RushMyPassport CEO Mosie Miller says that, beyond the need to get a passport ASAP, doing it the regular way puts you at the mercy of the U.S. Postal System. Oooh, burn.
"Routine passport processing can take weeks," Miller says. "You also have to factor in the possibility of issues with documents you finally receive in the mail, causing further delays and even more headaches. [This service] helps travelers overcome these issues, giving a smooth and secure way to handle passport needs."
RushMyPassport.com is owned by Expedited Travel LLC, and specializes in expediting U.S. passports.