How to Renew your Passport Fast
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 have the option of using the mail or in-person renewal when it is a case of expedited passport renewal. 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 usually shows on this website how far an application has 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. You cannot use this method if yours is spoilt, or if it is older than fifteen years. 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. The same applies for those who got their last ones while younger than sixteen years.
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.
Those who wish for even faster renewal times will have to apply for renewal in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book 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. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
According to the law, the renewal process should not take more than five days to be started. Once they receive the renewal request, they need to start working on it as soon as five days after a renewal has been approved. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
You also have the option of private expediters for fast-tracking your application. They shall charge extra on top of the renewal fees, but shall save you the hassle of tracking and doing paperwork. You need to check how legit they are before using their services.
You can easily give up if you see your passport has expired when you need it the most. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.