What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
Discovering you have an expired passport right before traveling is inconvenient. It is a good thing then that such travelers have a few options when it comes to hat they can do about their situation. 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.
Many people opt for renewal by mail. The Department of State has a website that shows the news for those tracking how far their applications have gone. They will also have the applicable fees posted there, along with the Form DS-82, called “Passport by Mail.”
Renewal by mail may not work for certain people. 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. In case you also got it while under sixteen, you need to be there in person for the renewal.
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. They will be given a specific time to show up there. 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.
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. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
There are private expediters who can help out in this process. 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 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.