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 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.
Renewal by mail is the most popular option. 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. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. It is also impossible for those who have changed names since the last renewal, and cannot show documents of this change. 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. 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.
Those who wish for even faster renewal times will have to apply for renewal in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book 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. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
It should ideally take not more than five days for the renewal process to start, as provided by law. It should therefore not take more than five days for your renewal process to begin being worked on. You should then log in to see how far it has gone.
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.
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.