It is not something people look forward to; arranging for traveling, only to discover that your passport has expired. 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. The process entails filling out some forms, making the required payments, then submitting the forms and other requested items to the renewal agencies.
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. You will also get to see how much you need to pay, as well as the form you are supposed to fill, called “Passport by Mail.”
The mail option is sometimes not applicable in certain circumstances. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. If you also changed names after the last time, you need to come in and show the changes. The same applies for those who got their last ones while younger than sixteen years.
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.
Those who wish for even faster renewal times will have to apply for renewal in person. 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. You will have to pay extra for their services, but then you shall not suffer through the strenuous process. Exercise due diligence when dealing with them so as to avoid being swindled.
It is easy for someone to feel despair when they notice they have an expired passport. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.