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. Now, when you happen to notice that your passport is already expiring or it has expired already and you have booked a package trip to your favorite destination, the best thing that you can do is follow the steps we have below regarding the way you can renew your passport.
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. If it so happen that you lost your passport or you misplaced it and can no longer recall where you have put it, better contact your local department of state office immediately since they have special lost forms that you can fill out, though this may end you having an added time waiting for new process to arrive.
The next thing that we want you to do is to take an updated photo of yourself. For those of you who will proceed to any photo studio in your locality to have your photo taken, see to it that you specified to the photographer the number of photos you want since the renewal of passport will only require you to submit 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.