Discovering you have an expired passport right before traveling is inconvenient. 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. There is the application form to fill, then making payments, then ending the relevant materials to the agencies.
Many people opt for renewal by mail. 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. If you also took it when you were under sixteen years of age, you will need to come 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. 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. You need to call the nearest agency first to make an appointment. They will be given a specific time to show up there. As you head for the appointment, you will have to carry all the necessary documents, as well as the rush fees. There should also be a travel ticket or other document showing the need for such a rushed process.
It should ideally take not more than five days for the renewal process to start, as provided by law. 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. 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 easy for someone to feel despair when they notice they have an expired passport. A passport renewal is luckily not an impossibility, and quite fast.