U.S. Passport FAQs: How Do I Get A Passport?


We are a nationwide professional passport processing agency. For over 26 years, we have been helping travelers with U.S. Passport services for business travel and tourism. Whether you are obtaining your first U.S. Passport, need a lost or damaged passport replaced, or need rush passport services for an emergency trip, we have seen it all and have successfully helped clients with a variety of situations. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about U.S. Passports

How much does it cost to get a passport?

For adults, the regular government application fee for a first-time passport book is $110. There is also $35 Execution (Acceptance) Fee. The fee for a first-time passport card is $30, plus the $35 Execution (Acceptance) Fee. If working with our passport processing agency, there will be a processing fee and, if applicable, a Fedex shipping fee. Please visit our New First-Time U.S. Passport page for complete pricing information for our U.S. passport services. Please visit our Minor’s Passport page for complete pricing information for children’s passport services. 

How long does it take to get a passport?

Passport processing times can very depending on the time of year, and unforeseen circumstances. Regular processing through the Post Office may take up to 6 weeks on average. Expedited Service is available for an additional fee. Same day service may be available – please call our office for fastest service: 310-828-7878

How do I get a passport quickly? What is the fastest way to get a passport?

Expedited passport processing is the best option if you need to get your passport fast. You will need Proof of Travel Plans in order to expedite your passport. Passports can be received in two weeks or less through our service, even as fast as 24 hours.

How do I renew my child’s US passport?

If your child is under age 16, he or she must appear in person with you and the child’s other parent or guardian to apply. Minor applicants under 16 are not eligible to mail in their passport applications. Please visit our Children’s Passport Services page for complete information about renewing your child’s passport.

How long is my US passport valid?

If your US passport was issued when you were 16 years old or older, your passport is valid for 10 years. If your US passport was issued when you were 15 years old or younger, your passport is valid for 5 years.

Can I get my passport same day? Do you offer rush passport services?

Same Day Service means your passport will be processed in 24 hours. Keep in mind that you need to account for shipping your new passport back overnight. Please contact our office for fastest service: 310-828-7878

Do I need a passport to go on a cruise?

Most cruise lines strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport. Passports make it possible for you to fly back to the U.S. from a foreign port should there be an emergency. A Passport also allows you to fly from the U.S. to and between foreign ports should you miss your scheduled port of embarkation.

I was born abroad and became a naturalized citizen, can I get a US Passport?

Yes, you must submit your original naturalization certificate with your application. Your documents will be returned by the agency with your new Passport.

What is a passport card?

The passport card is a wallet-size travel document that can be used to travel from the United States to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land and sea but not air. The card provides a smaller, more convenient, and less expensive alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or sea. visit our U.S. Passport Card page for more information about applying for or renewing your passport card.

Other Questions?

If you have other passport related questions, please visit our Passport Services page or contact our office.