Nobody wants to discover they have an expired passport right before they travel. Their potions may seem bleak, but there is hope. They have two options; renew via mail, or go to an agency in person to do it. 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.
Many people opt for renewal by mail. 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. They will also have the applicable fees posted there, along with the Form DS-82, called “Passport by Mail.”
There are times when you cannot use the mail option. You cannot use this method if yours is spoilt, or if it is older than fifteen years. In case you also changed your names after the last application and you cannot demonstrate the change remotely, you will have to come in to do so. If you also took it when you were under sixteen years of age, you will need to come in person for the renewal.
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.
The in-person renewal usually goes faster than the mail option. They need to call the nearest agency and book an appointment. You should get a definite time for your appointment. As you head for the appointment, you will have to carry all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees. Apart from all that, you are expected to also produce evidence of why you need an expedited passport renewal so fast, such a travel ticket.
The law states that this process should not take not more than five days before it starts. Once they receive the renewal request, they need to start working on it as soon as five days after a renewal has been approved. After those days, you should be able to monitor remotely the progress.
You also have the option of private expediters for fast-tracking your application. 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.
You can easily give up if you see your passport has expired when you need it the most. This renewal service has made many people’s lives so much easy.