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How to get a Passport in 36hrs

I lost my passport three days before my trip to Southeast Asia. When I realized my passport was missing I thought my vacation was completely ruined.

How did I lose it? I left it in my car’s rooftop and then forget about it. Hours later I was able to find my phone through Find My IPhone (thank you technology) and passport case. Unfortunately, the case was empty.


Here’s your complete guide to successfully get a USA Passport in 36hrs:

  • Visit the official US Department of State website to find out all the necessary forms, information and documents needed to apply for a new passport.
  • Be sure all the documents are properly filled! (No mistakes!)
  • Bring two copies of everything! Example: passport application, 2x2 photos, proof of citizenship, drivers license, birth certificate, travel itinerary etc.
  • Arrive early! The agency opens at 9AM, but people with “no appointment” start to line up at 1 AM (crazy, right?!) I arrived at 3 AM and I was #10 in line. Within the next half an hour, the line already exceeded 50 people. Mind that they only allow 40 “no appointment” spots every day.
  • A police officer will arrive at 7AM and he will give you a number! After this, he will tell you to come back at 9AM. Do not leave the area! This is the time you have to go to the bathroom, have breakfast etc.
  • At 9AM the police officer will tell you to line-up again. All the people with appointments will go first (Ugh). Once they are done, the “no appointment” line will start to move.
  • When your turn comes, the police officer will allow you to take an elevator to the third floor.
  • Be ready to pass a security checkpoint and make sure all your paperwork is in order!
  • A security officer will check that your application is complete and then they will give you another number. (The average wait is 40 minutes to an hour)
  • Around 11 AM, the “no appointments” numbers will start to be called. When your turn comes, an officer will process your application. Be ready to take an oath and submit your payment. Once your application is submitted, the officer will tell you to come back the next day at 2 o’clock to pick up your passport.

THAT’S IT! The process is very LONG, but it guarantees you a passport in 36 hours. Honestly, the wait is not that bad and it goes by fast. Come mentally prepared that you are going to wait in line for several hours and the process will run smoothly for you. The officers are very friendly and polite. They are there to help you!

Things you should know:

  • Parking is expensive! Take an Uber if you can.
  • Don’t stress! The Miami Passport Agency will get you a passport in time for your international trip.
  • You will wait for several hours. To make your waiting more comfortable, bring a foldable chair, headphones, coffee, snacks, cash etc.
  • Do not leave your spot in the line! People will offer to “save your spot” so you can go to the bathroom or get a snack. Do not risk it! Time for bathroom break and breakfast will be provided.
  • Turn off your phone! If you phone rings, the police officers will kick you out of the room.
  • Bring checks just in case the credit card system is not working. Make check payable to: US Department of State. ($195 for standard passport)

The Miami Passport Agency is located at:

1501 Biscayne Blvd
Suite 210
Miami, FL 33132


Safe travels! 

About The Author

Mariella Molestina Noboa

The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.

My name is Mariella and I created this blog as a source of inspiration for others to believe they can live the life they always pictured. The secret? Believe you can and take action. The world awaits!


  1. This happened to me the day before going to the States from Canada! In Canada you call some number and they will book a plane ticket for you, send you the itinerary so you can print it off. Then you have to get a lawyer to sign a paper. Bring all your stuff to the office. Explain to them the situation and you’ll have to pay over $300. Such a hectic thing to go through!

    • Mariella says

      Haha at least it sounds less troublesobe than camping out overnight in a parking garage 🙂

  2. What an ordeal! Such a shame a better system could not be organized for cases like yours. At least the police officers were nice and they probably empathized with people in this situation. At least after having to put up with this system, you were able to be assured of getting your passport. Interesting to say the least.

    • Mariella says

      I know right? A lot of people go through what happened to me on a daily baisis – they should come up with a system to deal with all this madness haha

  3. Abigail Sinsona says

    What a handy guide this is! That is the worst case scenario to lose your passport right before a trip! But good for you that you got it replaced on time. It is a lengthy process indeed (you get there at 3AM and got called by 11 AM??) but it’s a small sacrifice to make to get the passport quickly!

    • Mariella says

      Yes haha I was panicking the entire time, though, I think that was the worst part: the anxiety. Haha

  4. I think this is really great for travelers with US passports. Three days sounds like a walk in the park. I have to wait at least a couple of weeks to renew mine and it’s such a hassle!

  5. Losing your passport can be the worst thing ever! My parents lost theirs when they were travelling and it took them a month to get a new one. I’m sure this isn’t the case with Indian passports (like mine). It takes atleast a week for us :(. But I’m glad everything turned out well for you.

  6. I actually got my passport from the Houston Passport Agency in a rush job as well. I actually didn’t mind because it was my first one and I preferred having it in in my hand as opposed to in the mail! I was able to go during my break at work and I had it in my hand the next day.

  7. OMG! That’s such a scary situation!!! I would have gotten so flustered!!! Atleast good to know inspite of standing in the line from 3 AM, you actually managed to get it in 2 days!!! Such a relief indeed!!!

    • Mariella says

      I know – I expected the worst indeed. But thanksfully everything turnout to be just fine 🙂

  8. You kept your passport in your car’s rooftop!! No wonder you forgot about it. But I am thinking why was the passport not in the case? This post is very detailed and it will immensely help people who are facing similar crisis. It’s horrible to lose the passport just a few days before travel.

    • Mariella says

      Thank you, Tania! I know – it was my bad haha But I was going returning home from a red eye flight and had to put my suitcases in the trunk of the car. I made a “mental note” when I put my passport in the roof of the car, but I was so sleepy that forgot almost inmmediately haha

  9. It sounds a little bit like the line when a new Ipad or Playstation is released. Arriving at 3 am to a line of 10 people is unheard of. It’s good you got your passport by the following day but the early morning wait must feel like forever! I think the process of how to get a passport for me in the UK would be to go to Liverpool and pay probably triple the usual price but get the passport the same day, I don’t think any lines are involved, just more money!

    • Mariella says

      Yes! After this experience I did some reseach regarding those agencies that do the work for you. But when this happened to me I was so anxious and in the verge to have a panic attack that I just grab my backpack, my documents and a large coffee and head over to the agency lol

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