What to do if you Need your Passport Renewal Process Expedited
It is not something people look forward to; arranging for traveling, only to discover that your passport has expired. 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 has a website that shows the news for those tracking how far their applications have gone. You will also get to see how much you need to pay, as well as the form you are supposed to fill, 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. In case you also got it while under sixteen, you need to be there 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. 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.
For those who seek faster renewal, they have to it in person. They shall call the nearest agency and make 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. After those days, you should be able to monitor remotely the progress.
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.