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 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 usually shows on this website how far an application has 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.”
Renewal by mail may not work for certain people. 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. 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. 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.
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. Thereafter, it should be possible for the applicant to track their application online.
There are private expediters who can help out in this process. 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.
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.