Urgent applications

How do I get a passport in a hurry? 

It normally takes about three weeks to receive a passport.

If that’s too long for you, priority processing might be the answer.  For an extra fee, your passport will be ready for mailing or collection in just two business days, once we’ve received all your documents from Australia Post.

As soon as your passport is ready, we'll send you an email to let you know.  If you receive your passport by post, it should arrive within a week of our email.  If you choose to collect your passport, it will be ready for pick-up from the nearest passport office as soon as you get our email.

Want to collect your passport but worried that your documents won't get to us soon enough?  If you lodge your application for priority processing at a selected Australia Post location and ask for Passport RAPID service, we'll receive your documents faster.  Apply by midday on a business day, and your passport will be ready for you to collect at the nearest passport office just two business days later.

Can anyone get priority processing?

The only time you can ask for these services is when you lodge your application.

Priority processing is only available in Australia and London.

You can’t get priority processing if:

What if I need a passport in less than two business days?

In Australia, we only issue passports in less than two business days if there is a compassionate or compelling reason, such as the death or serious illness of an immediate family member or an unexpected need for urgent business travel.

If this applies to you, call 131 232 to arrange a lodgement appointment at a passport office.

You’ll need supporting documentation, such as a letter from the treating doctor or your employer.

How do I get an urgent passport if I’m overseas?

If you’re overseas and can’t wait three weeks for a passport, you can apply for an emergency passport at an Australian diplomatic or consular mission