Case Study: My Experience With Passports
What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
Nobody wants to discover they have an expired passport right before they travel. As much as that will not be convenient, they have a way out. They can either renew it via mail, or go to an agency in person. 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. On it, you shall also have information on the expected fees, and the form to be filled, called “Passport by Mail.”
Renewal by mail may not work for certain people. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. 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. 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.
The in-person renewal usually goes faster than the mail option. You need to call the nearest agency first to make an appointment. They will be given a specific time to show up there. As you head for the appointment, you will have to carry all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees. 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. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
There are private expediters who can help out in this process. 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.
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.