What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
Discovering you have an expired passport right before traveling is inconvenient. As much as that will not be convenient, they have a way out. 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. 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. 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. The same applies for those who got their last ones while younger than sixteen years.
As you are using the mail option, you need to confirm the fees to be paid, then contact the agency for where to direct 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 shall call the nearest agency and make an appointment. You should get a definite time for your appointment. They need to go for the appointment with all the relevant materials and fees for the renewal. 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. 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.
It is not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. This renewal service has made many people’s lives so much easy.
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