What you need to do to get an fast passport is simple in the U.S.A. You pay an extra fee to speed up the regular passport service, which is approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.
The expedited processing time is about 2-3 weeks, which has taken mailing into consideration. Other countries may have similar programs. Please check with your local embassy.
If you are in super hurry and need to get a US passport fast:
Scheduling an appointment at a regional passport agency is the way to go. Here is the 24/7 automated appointment number: 1-877-487-2778.
Please note: making an appointment at a passport agency is free. Don't pay anyone or any business appointment fee.
Do You Need to Apply in Person?
When you apply for your passport in a hurry in the USA, you still need to apply in person IF your situation falls as one of the below:
The cost for getting an expedited passport: $60 per application + the regular application fees + overnight delivery fee.
If you apply for your passport by mail, it's best to...
Don't worry if you send multiple passport applications together or at the same time but do not recieve them together or in the same time. It is normal because the applied passport(s) and/or passport card(s) may be mailed separately to you. This is one of the reasons why it is useful to use tracable delivery methods. You can check out the status and not have to worry as much.