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On Passports: My Experience Explained

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 can either renew it via mail, or go to an agency in person. 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. On it, you shall also have information on the expected fees, and the form to be filled, called “Passport by Mail.”

The mail option is sometimes not applicable in certain circumstances. Those who have damaged passports of ones that are older than fifteen years cannot use this, for example. It is also impossible for those who have changed names since the last renewal, and cannot show documents of this change. In case you also got it while under sixteen, you need to be there 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. 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. You need to call the nearest agency first to make 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. 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. You should then log in to see how far it has gone.

You also have the option of private expediters for fast-tracking your application. You will have to pay extra for their services, but then you shall not suffer through the strenuous process. 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.

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