What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
Discovering you have an expired passport right before traveling is inconvenient. Their potions may seem bleak, but there is hope. They have the option of using the mail or in-person renewal when it is a case of expedited passport renewal. The process entails filling out some forms, making the required payments, then submitting the forms and other requested items to the renewal agencies.
The mail option is the most preferred by agencies. The Department of State online portal shall post the estimated processing items for these passports so that the travelers can see how far theirs have gone. You will also get to see how much you need to pay, as well as the form you are supposed to fill, called “Passport by Mail.”
The mail option is sometimes not applicable in certain circumstances. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. If you also changed names after the last time, you need to come in and show the changes. If you also took it when you were under sixteen years of age, you will need to come in person for the renewal.
When using the mail option, you will have to check the applicable fees and then contact the agency to know where and how to direct the funds. Expect to be told to put the Form DS-82, the old passport, and the rush fees in a manila envelope, unfolded, then write on it “Expedited”, then dispatch it via courier to the agency.
Those who wish for even faster renewal times will have to apply for renewal in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book an appointment. They will be given a specific time to show up there. As you head for the appointment, you will have to carry all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees. They must also bring their travel tickets, showing the need for the faster rush.
The law states that this process should not take not more than five days before it starts. It should therefore not take more than five days for your renewal process to begin being worked on. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
You can also use some private expediters for such a process. They shall charge extra on top of the renewal fees, but shall save you the hassle of tracking and doing paperwork. You need to check how legit they are before using their services.
It is not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.