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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.

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. 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.”

The mail option is sometimes not applicable in certain circumstances. In case yours is damaged, or older than fifteen years, you will have to go the in-person route. If you also changed names after the last time, you need to come in and show the changes. 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.

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. They need to go for the appointment with all the relevant materials and fees for the renewal. They must also bring their travel tickets, showing the need for the faster rush.

According to the law, the renewal process should not take more than five days to be started. Once they receive the renewal request, they need to start working on it as soon as five days after a renewal has been approved. 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. It is important to verify the details and authenticity of the agency before committing your funds.

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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