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 can either renew it via mail, or go to an agency in person. There is the application form to fill, then making payments, then ending the relevant materials to the agencies.
The mail option is the most preferred by agencies. 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. It is also impossible for those who have changed names since the last renewal, and cannot show documents of this change. If you also took it when you were under sixteen years of age, you will need to come in person for the renewal.
You need to call the agency after checking the applicable fees, for them to tell you how to send it. 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.
For those who seek faster renewal, they have to it in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book 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. Apart from all that, you are expected to also produce evidence of why you need an expedited passport renewal so fast, such a travel ticket.
According to the law, the renewal process should not take more than five days to be started. 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.
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 easy for someone to feel despair when they notice they have an expired passport. This renewal service has thus he[led many people cope.