You’re just about to leave for that trip you’ve been planning for ages. Everything is ready. The hotels are booked, the flights are confirmed and your itinerary is planned. But there’s this nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something. How’s your passport doing?
For those to whom the horror of horrors occurs (“What? It expired last month!?”), FedEx now offers a service that will get you a new passport in just 24 hours.
In partnership with the service RushMyPassport, FedEx is now offering the speediest solution to the most anxiety-provoking of international travel situations.
Those who need a new passport, like yesterday, can stop into one of 2,000 FedEx locations across the country or visit FedEx’s website to register for a new document. The service includes updated passport photos, rushed new passports or renewals, children's’ passports and replacing lost, stolen or damaged passports.
“Routine passport processing can take weeks, which can mean the difference between enjoying that dream vacation you’ve spent months planning or canceling it,” Mosie Miller, CEO of RushMyPassport, said in a statement. “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. The combined service offering of RushMyPassport and FedEx Office helps travelers overcome these issues, giving a smooth and secure way to handle passport needs.”
The service includes the ability to track the passport throughout the process, government-compliant photos and 24/7 help from passport specialists.
Although, be warned: the service does not come cheap. To process a new passport application within 24 hours, FedEx charges $449. Rushed shipping could cost $90 for inbound and outbound, according to the FedEx website. And that does not include the $170 fee from the federal government. So to get your new passport within 24 hours, you’ll likely pay about $700 for it.
Last month, the U.S. State Department increased its standard passport processing time from four to six weeks to six to eight weeks.