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How to Renew your Passport Fast
Nobody wants to discover they have an expired passport right before they travel. Their potions may seem bleak, but there is hope. They have two options; renew via mail, or go to an agency in person to do it. The process entails filling out some forms, making the required payments, then submitting the forms and other requested items to the renewal 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. 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. You cannot use this method if yours is spoilt, or if it is older than fifteen years. It is also impossible for those who have changed names since the last renewal, and cannot show documents of this change. The same applies for those who got their last ones while younger than sixteen years.
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. They shall call the nearest agency and make an appointment. This usually results in a specific time for your appointment. As you head for the appointment, you will have to carry all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
The law states that this process should not take not more than five days before it starts. After receiving your request, he processing should start at a time not exceeding five days after you sent it, or it was approved. After those days, you should be able to monitor remotely the progress.
You can also use some private expediters for such a 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. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.