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My flight is in 1 week and my passport has expired. I have all of my completed docs/materials but I'm not able to go to the regional passport agency myself. Is it possible for my friend to go to the agency in my place if I sign an authorization form?

Edit: I know third party expedited service agencies are allowed to renew on my behalf as long as I fill out an authorization form, but their fees are exorbitant. I'm just wondering if the same permissions could be applied to a third party individual (instead of agency). I wasn't able to find anything online that specifically answered that question

  • Which form are you using? DS-82 (i.e. you eligible to apply by mail) or DS-80 (which requires personal appearance)? Also, I suggest you call the appointment hotline (there are humans there), and ask. – George Y. Aug 21 '16 at 2:05
  • @GeorgeY.: Renewing by mail with DS-82 would have basically zero chance of being completed in a week. – Nate Eldredge Aug 21 '16 at 3:07
  • Even with expedited service at a passport agency, they quote 8 days processing time. You may need to bite the bullet and pay the fees to change your flight dates. – user13044 Aug 21 '16 at 3:15
  • @Tom If you show up with airline tickets in hand, they can usually get it done much sooner, often even the same day, but they don't guarantee it. – Zach Lipton Aug 21 '16 at 4:02
  • @GeorgeY.: Incidentally, Form DS-80 doesn't seem to exist. Are you thinking of DS-11? – Nate Eldredge Aug 21 '16 at 4:33
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You have to go in person. However, you can hire a courier to act on your behalf. The State Department website implies they have no special relationship or permission, but they do - a courier has to be registered with the US State Department.

This article has a very good explanation.

Given your time frame, it sounds like your best bet is to hire a registered courier.

  • Thanks, I might have to resort to playing hooky from work to stand in line at the agency since I can't get any time off. – user50076 Aug 21 '16 at 23:03
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It appears that you cannot. Every reference I could find to applying at a passport agency uses the phrase "in person" and says nothing about sending a friend or other agent. Also, it says here that you have to show identification at the passport agency, so your friend can't go and pretend that she is you.

  • Thanks, I saw that information for if I needed a first time passport, but for renewing passports you don't necessarily have to go in person. I know couriers are allowed to go on my behalf to renew my passport, so I'm just wondering if that applies to a person as well assuming I sign an authorization form. – user50076 Aug 21 '16 at 22:52

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