How to renew your passport, fast

In a previous post, I described my own personal nightmare of discovering that my passport was due to expire before the required 6 month minimum needed to travel out of Australia…. The day I was due to fly out to the UK.

I have listed the steps I took to get my passport renewed same day, so I didn’t have to miss out on my holiday, or pay expensive airline change fees. If you want, you can read the full story here.

How I got my Aussie passport renewed in six simple steps:

  1. Call the passport office and make an appointment. As I needed a same-day passport, I called and made an appointment at the Melbourne passport office. I couldn’t get an appointment that day, so I took the first available one (2 days later) knowing full well I was going to drive in today and try to get it anyway. You can call them on 13 12 32. While on the phone, they advised me of all of the following info, and told me to bring as much supporting documents as I could (to show why I needed a passport issued that day).
  2. Get onto the passport office website. I selected apply or renew; (if you have a few more days up your sleeve, you could go with the priority processing service instead of going into the office yourself).
  3. Fill out the form online, and print it.
  4. Get new passport photos taken. I stopped at my local post office, but you can usually get these taken at camera shops and pharmacies too.
  5. Take your old passport, the completed & printed renewal form, and new passport photos with you to the passport office. In Melbourne, they are located at Collins Square, 747 Collins Street, Docklands. (This is a very short walk from Southern Cross Railway Station).  See photos below of passport office to hep you find it 🙂

I gathered up my documents, and headed to Melbourne. I drove, as I didn’t have enough time to take public transport. Plus, I had all of my luggage with me, in case I was able to go straight to the airport. If you have more time up your sleeve, I recommend taking the train. Parking is very limited. I could only find 2 hour parking and had to keep moving my car.

You can read the full process here if you want more of an idea of what will happen at the passport office, but in summary – the things  to take to the passport office are:

  • Completed and printed application form.
  • New passport photos (Less than 6 months old).
  • Current passport that needs to be renewed.
  • Any supporting documentation you can provide to state why you need to travel urgently. Examples of this are a letter from your employer (on company letterhead) stating that you are travelling for work; or proof of major illness or death of a family member, ideally from a doctor.
  • Your e-ticket for your flights if you already have one.
  • Any other supporting documents you have.

Fees for Aussie passport renewal (as of January 2018) are $282 for the passport, plus $186 priority fee. (There are other fees for other documents if you need them, or if you need a passport for a child or pensioner). You can see the full list of fees here. The passport office does not accept cash, so make sure you take a credit card.

 

Please note: This is the process I followed, in August 2017, as a Victorian resident (Australia). Please keep in mind that the steps required to get a passport renewed may change at any time.

This is a personal account of how I got my passport renewed quickly, and I am very lucky to have gotten it same day. The passport office will not guarantee this for anyone, and if your circumstances are different, your experience probably will be too.

My greatest piece of advise for anyone in a situation like this: Stay calm, and be polite! If you are stressed, and speak rudely or snap at anyone, they will be reluctant to help, and you may miss out on important information that could make or break you getting your passport reissued that day!

Good luck! 

Has this happened to you before? Did you do anything differently? I’d love to know – please reply in the comments below or send me a message!

 

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