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. As much as that will not be convenient, they have a way out. They can either renew it via mail, or go to an agency in person. 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 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.”
The mail option is sometimes not applicable in certain circumstances. Those who have damaged passports of ones that are older than fifteen years cannot use this, for example. 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.
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.
The in-person renewal usually goes faster than the mail option. You need to call the nearest agency first to make 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. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
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 also have the option of private expediters for fast-tracking your application. You will have to pay extra for their services, but then you shall not suffer through the strenuous process. It is important to verify the details and authenticity of the agency before committing your funds.
It is not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. This renewal service has thus he[led many people cope.