Using A Registered Passport Expeditor Versus Going To The Regional Passport Agency

There are many advantages and disadvantages to using a registered passport expeditor service instead of a regional passport agency.  However every person will need to use one or another in order to get their first passport or to renew their passport. 

The regional passport agencies are not located in every city and many times people live too far away to make the trip for an appointment there.  This is one way that a registered passport expeditor service may be better for some people.  Instead of the traveler visiting the passport agency for their passport, the expeditor will take the paperwork to the agency for processing. A person still needs to go to a passport acceptance facility to fill out the paperwork, even if they are using an expeditor courier service. 

Travelers need to be aware of the fact that expeditors are private companies and they do not work for the U.S. Department of State.  The expeditors know the answers to any questions that people may have about passports, so their knowledge can come in handy for people who applying for the first time.  One of the issues with using an expeditor is the cost.  They can charge anywhere from $149 for regular service to $399 for same day service delivery to the agency.  This amount of money is in addition to the government fees for the passport and the passports will not be delivered any faster than if someone applied in person at the agency. 

Anyone who plans on using an expeditor will need to do their research in order to make sure that they are choosing a reputable company.  The expeditor will need to be trusted with a lot of personal information and if the company does not excel at their job, then a person’s travel plans may become complicated.  People should look for an expeditor that has been in business for at least 5 years and has an excellent Better Business Bureau rating. 

Passports can be complicated enough for a person without adding any more stress of where they should go for their passport.  Everyone needs to do their research in order to make sure that where they are going will make sure that they have their passport in a timely manner for their trip.