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Old August 24th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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Default Passport processing takes 7 weeks now

We are US citizens going on the Vancouver to Hawaii Carnival Spirit cruise on September 20. Very excited. We applied for our passports at the Post Office on August 7. A status check on the US passport website indicates that our passports won't arrive until around September 24. Very annoying. We have recent copies of our birth certificates (with raised seals) and driver licenses that should work as alternatives. A couple years ago I got through customs and immigration just fine without a passport at the Winnipeg airport. Do you think Vancouver will be any different? Should we push to get our passports expedited for just this one border crossing? It seems like it would be a waste of money. Has anybody here had trouble with just having a birth certificate and driver's license at the Vancouver airport?
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Old August 24th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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I think you should be okay with a birth certificate and drivers license. The new passport laws aren't in effect until January, and I'm not even sure if the new laws pertain to travel to and from Canadia. I believe that's another year or two away. That's just my humble opinion though, not advice!
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Hi aaron,

I think you'll be fine with the raised seal birth certificates and your DL's until January. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you got your passports before you sail. I think they say eight weeks just to cover their b***s !

If I understand correctly, the problem wouldn't be getting out of the US, but getting back in !

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I just got mine. 29 days from sending it off.
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I received mine 3 weeks to the day that I applied.
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I think you should be okay with a birth certificate and drivers license. The new passport laws aren't in effect until January, and I'm not even sure if they cover travel into Canada. That's just my humble opinion though, not advice!
Doug's right in that you should be ok. The new passport regs take effect, like he said, in January and they most definately DO cover travel into and out of Canada by AIR or SEA. Land crossings don't require a passport until Jan 2008.
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We take our passports over to canada even via land now. It just makes things easier.
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Once you get one, don't leave home without it.

We use our passports for ID for everything from travel to buying a house. It is the best form of ID that you can have.
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We just got ours a couple of weeks ago.
When we went, they told us the waiting time was now up to 8 weeks.
(previously they had been telling people 6 weeks)
My In-Laws got their passports in February for a trip to Germany.
Were told it would take up to 6 weeks to arrive and it took less than 3 weeks back then.
My Wife and I went to the same Post office in May and were told it was taking longer with more than double the applications being filed every week, so to expect up to 8 weeks.
Ours took 6 weeks and 1 day to arrive.
So it has slowed down some, due to increased demand, but it is still decently fast.

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Once you get one, don't leave home without it.

We use our passports for ID for everything from travel to buying a house. It is the best form of ID that you can have.
Unless you don't want to be found. The new passports are supposed to have a computer chip installed in them. Just another way for the government to monitor us american citizens. I believe they have this backwards. Any foreigner entering the USA should be required to always carry a computerized chip card around to keep an eye on them.
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Once you get one, don't leave home without it.

We use our passports for ID for everything from travel to buying a house. It is the best form of ID that you can have.
Unless you don't want to be found. The new passports are supposed to have a computer chip installed in them. Just another way for the government to monitor us american citizens. I believe they have this backwards. Any foreigner entering the USA should be required to always carry a computerized chip card around to keep an eye on them.
I will never understand, if people aren't doing anything illegal, why would they be paranoid if you are being followed or listened to. (I used to live 5 miles from Ft.Mead and my neighbor worked for the NSA there.....)
I pity the poor bastard tracking my boring phone calls and weekly trips to the grocery store and work.
At least he can be jealous watching me cruise the Carribean.

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Once you get one, don't leave home without it.

We use our passports for ID for everything from travel to buying a house. It is the best form of ID that you can have.
Unless you don't want to be found. The new passports are supposed to have a computer chip installed in them. Just another way for the government to monitor us american citizens. I believe they have this backwards. Any foreigner entering the USA should be required to always carry a computerized chip card around to keep an eye on them.
I will never understand, if people aren't doing anything illegal, why would they be paranoid if you are being followed or listened to. (I used to live 5 miles from Ft.Mead and my neighbor worked for the NSA there.....)
I pity the poor bastard tracking my boring phone calls and weekly trips to the grocery store and work.
At least he can be jealous watching me cruise the Carribean.

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A friend of mine recently applied for one and it took a little over 4 weeks, kind of suprised me, so you never know, you could see it.
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When I go parking with the ole lady, I want my privacy!
I've never been shy.
I don't mind an audience.
Like I said, let them be jealous.

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Old August 28th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Oops, I miscounted the number of weeks between 8/07/06 (the date I applied for a passport) and 9/24/06 (the date that the US passport online status check tool shows for my passport to arrive). It's adds up to 7 weeks, not 8 weeks. Hence, I changed the title of this thread from "Passport Processing time takes 8 weeks now" to "Passport Processing time takes 7 weeks now."

Has anybody else here used that online status check tool here (alt+w). If so, how accurate was it in estimating a date for when your passport arrives?
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Has anybody else here used that online status check tool here (alt+w). If so, how accurate was it in estimating a date for when your passport arrives?
I did when we were waiting for ours and it was right on.
(It said it would arrive the week of July 17th and we got it on July 18th)

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Hello from farmers wife. My daughter and I sent for our passports on august 6 and received them August 28. They told us from 4 to 6 weeks.
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I believe they have this backwards. Any foreigner entering the USA should be required to always carry a computerized chip card around to keep an eye on them.
For what? To make sure they don't smoke within a mile of a citizen?
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I believe they have this backwards. Any foreigner entering the USA should be required to always carry a computerized chip card around to keep an eye on them.
For what? To make sure they don't smoke within a mile of a citizen?

ROFLMAO!!!!
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Hello from farmers wife. My daughter and I sent for our passports on august 6 and received them August 28. They told us from 4 to 6 weeks.
So you just opted for regular processing, not expedited? And did you apply at a local facility like a post office? That's pretty fast if it wasn't expedited. Maybe they are not processing as many applications with summer travel starting to wind down.
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Don't even worry about it.... I am from the Vancouver area and you will get through just as fast with just your DL and BC

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Hello Aaron from farmers wife. We sent for our passports with our local court house. They had the necessary forms and we had 2 small pictures made at a local print shop while we waited. How long has it been now since you sent for yours?
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Aaron, Re-Read your note. We did regular processing. Farmers Wife.
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Hello Aaron from farmers wife. We sent for our passports with our local court house. They had the necessary forms and we had 2 small pictures made at a local print shop while we waited. How long has it been now since you sent for yours?
We applied for ours the day after you said you did. It will be interesting to compare our waiting time to yours once we recieve them.
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Make that 5 weeks and four days to be exact. Our passports just came today.
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