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.
The mail option is the most preferred by agencies. The Department of State has a website that shows the news for those tracking how far their applications 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. 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. If you also took it when you were under sixteen years of age, you will need to come in person for the renewal.
When using the mail option, you will have to check the applicable fees and then contact the agency to know where and how to direct the funds. 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. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
It should ideally take not more than five days for the renewal process to start, as provided by law. After receiving your request, he processing should start at a time not exceeding five days after you sent it, or it was approved. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
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. It is important to verify the details and authenticity of the agency before committing your funds.
It is not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. This renewal service has thus he[led many people cope.…