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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. 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 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.”

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. 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.

For those who seek faster renewal, they have to it in person. They need to call the nearest agency and book an appointment. You should get a definite time for your appointment. It is expected that as you go for the appointment, you will have all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees with you. They must also bring their travel tickets, showing the need for the faster rush.

The law states that this process should not take not more than five days before it starts. It should therefore not take more than five days for your renewal process to begin being worked on. You should then log in to see how far it has gone.

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 not easy having to deal with the stress of finding out you have an expired passport. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.

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