Gone are the days when international traveling was mainly for business travelers and delegates. Now many people fly to various international destinations as a part of their vacation plan. And for traveling abroad, having a passport is mandatory. So if you are making plans for an international travel, the first thing that you should check is if you have a passport. The passport is issued by the government of a country and has many formalities that needed to be completed for the same. Getting the passport by applying individually to the U.S. Department of State with all documents and processing fee might be a time taking affair. There are times when the application is rejected for various reasons.
So, what would you do in such a situation when you need your passport in a short span of time? What if you do not have the time to go to the passport office and complete the formalities for obtaining the new passport? For such situations, there is an excellent way available and most of the people now choose this way. Contacting a passport expeditor can solve all kinds of passport issues in no time. Whether it is getting a new passport, renewal of passport, additional of extra pages to the passport, lost and damaged passport, child’s passport etc – the passport agency can handle all these issues easily. You might find innumerable such expeditors and agencies online. But all of them might not be trustworthy.
If you have to hire the services of a passport expeditor, make sure that you check the following qualities in advance:
- Registration with reliable passport agencies – A passport expeditor will have to work with some passport agency for getting your passport work done. A reliable expeditor will have connections in many passport agencies so that he can get the passport work done as soon as possible for the client in an error free manner. Also the agencies with which the person is associated should be trusted ones. Many fraud passport agencies have also been reported in the US. Check in advance that the expeditor is not related to any such agency. Infact, an expeditor needs to be registered with the passport agencies to carry out the work. Ask your expeditor to show the registration certificate for evidence.
- Having a physical location with proper address – If your passport expeditor just gives you his phone number and e-mail id, make sure that you ask him for the proper address of his office or any kind of physical address where he can be found. If you notice that the person hesitates in providing the address or ignores the same, do not endow the responsibility of the passport on him. He might be a fake. A reliable expeditor will never shirk from providing his address and physical location and might ask the client to visit the office as well. His visiting card will also have the physical address printed on the same.
- Calling expeditors one by one – It is a good way of testing an expeditor. Try calling few expeditors one by one. In some, you will find that the call goes to voice mail or the phone remains unanswered inspite of calling many times. It is good to avoid such expeditors. Just imagine what would happen if they take up your passport work and then they do not communicate in any manner? You will be left clueless about the development of your passport. Trust expeditors who are readily available on phone and can communicate with you easily.
- Taking responsibility – When you are hiring the services of a passport expeditor, you will provide all documents and papers that are needed for the process. It is the job of the expeditor to ensure that all the details in the application form are filled in correct manner with no spelling errors, data errors etc. He should take full responsibility of the work. Even after getting the passport, he should check all the details and then hand over the same to the client with no errors.
Follow these simple things and hopefully you will not be duped by a fraud passport expeditor.