22 Lessons Learned: Passports

How to Renew your Passport Fast

It is not something people look forward to; arranging for traveling, only to discover that your passport has expired. 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 have two options; renew via mail, or go to an agency in person to do it. 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. 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. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. 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.

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. Expect to be told to put the Form DS-82, the old passport, and the rush fees in a manila envelope, unfolded, then write on it “Expedited“, then dispatch 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. This usually results in a specific time for your appointment. They need to go for the appointment with all the relevant materials and fees for the renewal. 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.

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. After those days, you should be able to monitor remotely the progress.

There are private expediters who can help out in this process. 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.

It is not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. This renewal service has made many people’s lives so much easy.