During the busy season, getting a same-day appointment at the federal agency can be difficult. Desperate travelers are lining up for hours outside the agency at 376 Hudson St. to try to score an appointment, and others are scouring online groups for tips or besieging their Congressional representatives for help. One woman, who did not want to be identified, says she called the State Department more than 50 times — including once at midnight — before finally scoring an appointment.
The agency offers two scenarios for Same day passport New York: If your immediate family member is having a life or death emergency abroad or if you need to travel on urgent business. To qualify, you need to provide proof of the emergency and submit a DS-3053 form from the National Passport Information Center with a statement from your medical doctor explaining the reason for your trip.
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It’s also best to arrive at the office early to make sure you can pass through security at the entrance. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, your appointment will be canceled, and you’ll have to wait to try again.
In addition to the government’s regional passport agencies, there are several private courier services that can get you a same-day passport for an additional fee. However, some of these companies pre-make appointments and then sell them to travelers at a markup. These “black market” services are not approved by the federal government and should be avoided, according to David Alwadish, CEO of ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services.