You should always know how to properly renew damaged US passport if you have plans of traveling internationally. It is pertinent that you realize that you should never attempt to travel with documents that are not in the appropriate condition. If you don’t believe that your documents are suitable for traveling, you should remember the following to assist you with renewal or replacement.
If you are going to replace your documents, it is necessary to fill out the appropriate related government form. You can find the form on the internet, provided on the government website to make it easier for your access. Additionally, you will be able to complete the form while on the website and then print it out in order to prepare it for submission.
When the form has been completed, there is then the requirement that they must be submitted within five days for processing. If this does not happen in the appropriate amount of days, the form will then become void and you will have to complete another. The time period is often forgotten, leading people to have expired renewal forms.
The form itself should not be signed until you are at the facility with a representative watching. If the new passport form are signed before it is submitted at the facility, it will be considered void and another form will need to be filled out and submitted instead. When the form is signed, you also have five days to submit it before it becomes void.
There is also another form necessary for submitting for replacement documents. This form is a specific statement that explains you are asking for a renewal or replacement because your documents are currently missing, stolen or damaged. If your documents are not in good condition, you will need to explicitly explain why your documents are damaged so that they may be approved for a replacement.
As with any submission for travel documents, you need to have proof of your identity and nationality available. You can expect that you will also need to have your identification photos ready to submit for your replacement document as well. Typically when your documents damaged, the photos will not be salvageable enough for you to use for the new documents, and so you will have to submit new photographs.
If you are in need of getting these documents as soon as possible, you need to provide a reason for it to be expedited. Generally, you will have to pay an extra fee for this process. Additionally, you will have to provide some proof that you are going to be traveling to another country in a time period soon enough to merit a rush on the processing period.
Keeping these factors in consideration will help you to renew damaged pasport. It is a fairly simple process and generally doesn’t take a long time to complete the new passport application form. If you are in a hurry, the use of expedited options can always help you to replace the documents in time for your next international trip.