I'm an American that's been living in Italy for 12 years now, my wife's Italian and I have a permanent foreigners permit to stay due to my status as a family member of an Italian citizen. My job requires me to fly to England for a few days, but my American passport has expired. On my Italian ID, it says "unable to leave Italy." I can renew my passport of course, but it will take months. I need to leave in a few weeks. Is there maybe a temporary passport I could use just for this trip while I'm waiting for my passport to renew?

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    I would suggest you try and speak to the embassy, the US embassy in the UK has a page about urgent passport renewals but I can't seem to find any corresponding info for the US embasy in Italy. Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 17:42
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    Renewing a passport shouldn't take months, it's a matter of 3 to 4 weeks according to the US embassy in Italy's website. If you need it even faster, you can ask for an emergency passport.
    – jcaron
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 17:42
  • Interestingly, the US Embassy in Italy's website says emergency passports (which can be issued same day or next business day depending on when you apply) are only for lost or stolen passports. But talk to them, they'll have the definitive answer.
    – jcaron
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 17:45
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    Welcome to TSE. Instructions for applying for or renewing a US passport from outside the US are spelled out on the State Department website; is there a particular part of the process you are seeking clarification about?
    – choster
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 18:02
  • I renewed my passport in France (where everything takes ages) recently, and it took less than a week. For a non-urgent renewal. Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 19:19

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On the web site of the US diplomatic mission to Italy, you can read about processing times for passport applications:

Processing Time

Except in emergencies, U.S. passports are now produced at facilities in the United States. These passports will be ready for collection approximately three weeks after submission. For lost or stolen passports, a limited validity passport can be issued the same day the application is made if the application is received before 12:00PM. Otherwise, it will be processed on the next business day.

In combination with a comment noting that a recent passport renewal in France took less than a week, you can conclude that the three-week timeframe is unlikely to be exceeded. You can probably therefore use the normal renewal process and still receive your passport in time for your trip.

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