• Revenue Cycle Management
  • COVID-19
  • Reimbursement
  • Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Risk Management
  • Patient Retention
  • Staffing
  • Medical Economics® 100th Anniversary
  • Coding and documentation
  • Business of Endocrinology
  • Telehealth
  • Physicians Financial News
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Consult
  • Locum Tenens, brought to you by LocumLife®
  • Weight Management
  • Business of Women's Health
  • Practice Efficiency
  • Finance and Wealth
  • EHRs
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Sponsored Webinars
  • Medical Technology
  • Billing and collections
  • Acute Pain Management
  • Exclusive Content
  • Value-based Care
  • Business of Pediatrics
  • Concierge Medicine 2.0 by Castle Connolly Private Health Partners
  • Practice Growth
  • Concierge Medicine
  • Business of Cardiology
  • Implementing the Topcon Ocular Telehealth Platform
  • Malpractice
  • Influenza
  • Sexual Health
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Technology
  • Legal and Policy
  • Money
  • Opinion
  • Vaccines
  • Practice Management
  • Patient Relations
  • Careers

Passports in a Hurry


You’re all set for your overseas vacation when you dig out your passport only to find that it has expired. Panic time!

You’re all set for your overseas vacation when you dig out your passport only to find that it has expired. Panic time! And with the government now requiring a passport for air travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, the State Department is swamped with applications, making it virtually impossible to get a passport through regular channels in time to make your flight.

You can get expedited service from the government, but you have to get to one of just 13 regional passport agencies and pay an extra $60, plus shipping, in addition to the $75to $100 cost of the passport. Even then, there’s a chance that you won’t get your passport on time. But don’t despair. The storm surge in passport requests has spawned a whole industry geared to getting a passport delivered to your door in as little as a day.

To get your passport to you in a hurry, outfits like RushMyPassport.com, It’s Easy Passport, and A Briggs will charge you anywhere from $100 to $300 per passport, in addition to the government’s fees. The price scale is based on how quickly you need the passport—same day service will cost you more than next-day service.

You’ll pay shipping charges too, usually for Fedex next-day service, which can be pricey, and you’ll still be responsible for doing a lot of the legwork, like getting a birth certificate and passport photos. For travelers faced with a passport crisis, however, the extra cost and effort may not only be worth it, it may be the only way to go.

Related Videos
Victor J. Dzau, MD, gives expert advice
Victor J. Dzau, MD, gives expert advice