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The Ins and Outs of Expedited Passports

Aug 29, 2008
Traveling abroad can be a rewarding experience for both personal and professional purposes. Whether you are a businessperson or a vacationer, having the right identification to get you in and out of the country in question is an important part of making good plans. Many individuals find that expedited passports offer a quick solution for those wanting to travel sooner rather than later.

Passports and visas make it easy to travel just about anywhere in the world. These government issues identifications are accepted just about anywhere making them great for the traveler. However, you will need to apply sometimes as far back as 2-months for your passports or other forms of valid identification.

If you plan on traveler as soon as possible or you have last minute reasons why traveling today is essential, chances are good you will find not having a passport is going to be an enormous hurdle to cross. Of course, not everyone is required to have a valid passport on hand, but if you plan on traveling, you will definitely want to insure you have this form of identification on hand.

Expedited passports are a possibility. With this expedited service, you will pay an additional fee in exchange for having your application rushed through. Please note, expedited service does not guarantee your application will be accepted. If your application is denied, you will not receive a refund on the fee you charged.

The fee charged will range from a low price to extreme high prices. Aren't all expedited services the same?

Unfortunately, not all service providers are the same. But this is a good thing too! You will find that providers of this service vary as much as the passport holders needing their services. The price you see for the services may or may not include the application process as well. So if you see "Expedited Passports $19.99!" you will probably want to see how much they are charging for the application process as well.

On the same token, if you see "Expedited Passports $99.99!" you will want to insure this includes both the application fee as well as the expedited fee. As you can see, the fees will vary according to what is included in the package. This also means you will want to investigate any other "hidden" fees you may find once you start the process.

Upfront pricing is going to be the way to go. If you get quoted a price, please, make sure that price is for the full package deal you need. Generally, if the price seems too good to be true, it is. Yes, that old adage still holds truth today and no truer words have been spoken.

When it comes to choosing expedited passports, you will want to insure you are getting what you pay for. With the variety of prices quoted for these services comes the variety of services provided for that quote. This can tend to lead to frustration and confusion with an added detriment of slowing down the application process. Of course, if you are concerned, you can always just apply for the passport ahead of time giving plenty of time to get the identification you need at a reduced price that is clear from the beginning.
About the Author
Nance Leighton owns and operates VIP Passports Inc from Houston, Texas. She proudly offers services associated with passports, birth certificates, photos, and much more. If you need it, she has it!
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