If there is one thing that you have to be aware of right now when it comes to traveling, that would be the fact that it is no longer the same as how it used to be, that is why it is of utmost importance on your end to make sure you know the current valid passport that will take you anywhere you may want to go. For the majority of us, especially those who are irresponsible with regards to their passports to the point that they no longer check to see whether it is still available, already expiring or expired, getting into trouble is very easy to do. That is why if you have found yourself in such a dire situation that may greatly affect the upcoming travel plans that you have, we suggest for you to continue reading this article as we have listed several tips that will certainly help you:
First and foremost, we have to start by finding the old papers or documents that you have which you used when you applied for a passport before like your birth certificate. Your have to make sure that you have your old passport with you when you renew for a new one since you have to surrender your old documents prior to the authorities issuing you a new one and not having them will certainly become a nightmare for you. In the event that you misplaced your passport, you lost it or perhaps, it got damaged to the point that it can no longer be identified, you must immediately contact your local authorities so that you can file special lost form that will make your case official, however this may mean that your waiting time for you passport to arrive will be added.
The next thing that we want you to do is to take an updated photo of yourself. When you are to have your photo taken, you must make sure to indicate the number of copies you want to have and in this manner, you need to get two copies.
Once you are done preparing for the documents that you need for the renewal of your passport, there are two ways on how you can process it, the first one is by scheduling an appointment with them and physically submit and process the renewal of your passport and the other one is by mail. When you have decided to do the processing through mail, better meet all the requirements they have set for it like turning it documents that are undamaged and it must be turned in with the application you have.