What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
It is not something people look forward to; arranging for traveling, only to discover that your passport has expired. 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. They will have to fill out the application, make the necessary payments and submit the materials, along with the old passport, to the nearest renewal agency.
The mail option is the most preferred by agencies. The Department of State has a website that shows the news for those tracking how far their applications 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. You cannot use this method if yours is spoilt, or if it is older than fifteen years. It is also impossible for those who have changed names since the last renewal, and cannot show documents of this change. The same applies for those who got their last ones while younger than sixteen years.
You need to call the agency after checking the applicable fees, for them to tell you how to send it. 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.
For those who seek faster renewal, they have to it in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book an appointment. You should get a definite time for your appointment. It is expected that as you go for the appointment, you will have all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees with you. They must also bring their travel tickets, showing the need for the faster rush.
It should ideally take not more than five days for the renewal process to start, as provided by law. After receiving your request, he processing should start at a time not exceeding five days after you sent it, or it was approved. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
There are private expediters who can help out in this process. They normally charge a fee for their services, but they relieve you of the pressures of going through it. Exercise due diligence when dealing with them so as to avoid being swindled.
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.