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Sunday, October 2nd
Fast Passports and Visas is a fairly generic passport service. Based in Texas, the company has over 30 years of experience and can help you get a passport within 5-7 business days at the fastest.
Conflicting info regarding available services
Fast Passports and Visas may be very limited in what they offer with respect to passports. On the Order page, it said that they only do renewals, second passports, and name change services: none for minors or new passport holders, and maybe not even services for lost/stolen passports either (unless they count that as a renewal). Then again, we could click through on other parts of the site to process applications for all of the passport types that were listed as excluded. Very confusing at best.
Choose between two processing speeds
One plus is that you'll see very streamlined pricing here. You'll pay $399 for a turnaround time of 8-10 business days or $499 for 5-7 business days. This isn't a service you'll be able to use if you need anything faster than that.
You'll see more fees during checkout
But, those quoted prices weren't reflected in what we were actually charged. In the itemized list, our $499 package wound up being a total of $767.32. There was a line item of "Passport Process Expediting" for an additional $208.32 (without identifying that was for governmental fees, not just another amount paid to Fast Passports and Visas), plus $60 for the default of shipping via FedEx Standard Overnight to and from FPV's offices.
Positive but limited feedback
We were happy to see that Fast Passports and Visas has been accredited and "A+" rated by the Better Business Bureau, with zero complaints filed there. On the other hand, we couldn't find much customer feedback that was less than two years old: not on FPV's Facebook account, nothing on the BBB listing, and only one comment on sites where people leave reviews about businesses. We were glad to see one customer within the two months prior to this review who said she visited Fast Passports and Visas in person and got the help she needed to get her passport in hand within a week - even during a time when passports were typically taking a month or longer to process.
There are better options to consider first
This isn't the best or the worst passport service out there. We'd need to see a lot more customer feedback before recommending Fast Passports and Visas more strongly, and there are no options here for anything under a week (though that was fairly common at the time of this review, across the industry). We suggest looking at a higher-ranked provider before choosing Fast Passports and Visas.
Maybe you've found a last-minute travel deal to that far-flung destination you've always dreamed of visiting. Or you've got family members overseas that need you there in a hurry. Whatever the reason, lots of people find themselves in need of a passport and can't afford the weeks (or months) it can take to get it processed through the US Passport Agency at the local post office.
Fortunately, there are several passport services that can expedite the process, allowing you to get your documents in a few weeks, a few days, or even one business day - depending on how urgently you need them (and, as you'd expect, on how much you're willing to pay for the rush). Also, these providers can often help if your destination requires a travel visa to enter.
Sounds like a hassle, but the days where travelers could just head out with a driver's license and a birth certificate are long gone. Some people used to specifically book closed-loop cruises (where you leave from and return to the same US port) to avoid having to pay for a passport - and while that's still legal, you could find yourself in trouble if you miss the ship's departure from a destination port and have to get back to the US on your own.
For many reasons, having a passport just makes sense. Adult passports are good for ten years, and youth passports for five, so they can be used as government ID for a long time and in a variety of ways (like when minors fly domestically or need other proof of identity, prior to getting a driver's license).
Now that you're convinced that you need a passport, and you're excited at the idea of being able to get yours quickly, which passport service should you choose? Here are some factors to keep in mind:
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