What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
Nobody wants to discover they have an expired passport right before they travel. 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. There is the application form to fill, then making payments, then ending the relevant materials to the agencies.
The mail option is the most preferred by agencies. The Department of State usually shows on this website how far an application has gone. On it, you shall also have information on the expected fees, and the form to be filled, called “Passport by Mail.”
There are times when you cannot use the mail option. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. 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. In case you also got it while under sixteen, you need to be there 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. In normal circumstances, you will be asked to put the Form DS-82, the old passport, and the rush fees in a manila envelope, unfolded, then include the word expedited on it, before sending it via courier to the agency.
The in-person renewal usually goes faster than the mail option. You need to call the nearest agency first to make an appointment. This usually results in a specific 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.
According to the law, the renewal process should not take more than five days to be started. 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.
There are private expediters who can help out in this 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.