Seems to me that a passport might make life easier on my upcoming New Years Cruise. My concern is this......only 52 days 'til we sail. I have to send my original birth certificate with the application. What if I don't get the passport back in time...and I don't have my birth certificate? I'm not willing to pay the extra money for express service. Has anyone recently applied for a passport, and if so, how long did it take to get? Thanks for you help.
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Passports typically take less than four weeks. We got ours in less than three. To be safe, why not order a second copy of your birth certificate? That shouldn't take more than three to four weeks either.
My daughter and son in law applied for passports about two months ago. He was worried that his might not get back in time for their trip and he only had one copy of his certified Birth Certificate so he paid for expedited service, she didn't. He got his back in two weeks and hers came three days later. Don't know if this was the exception or the rule, but thought it interesting.
We got ours in under two weeks, but we did the renewal by mail for expired passports. We didn't pay for expidited service. If you do decide to get the passport you should probably get another copy of your birth certificate just in case. They are only about $7 for the first and then $2 for everyone after. Same with marriage licenses.
We went to the main post office downtown and had ours processed and in our hands the next morning. They looked at everything while we were there and didn't have to keep any of our paperwork. Yes, we paid a pretty penny to get overnight service, but at the time, John needed his asap for a trip and that was our only choice.
See if there is an office in your area and see what the rates are for expedited, overnight, etc.
I found that getting an instant passport (applying in person at the processing point) has some restrictions on it, that you must be able to prove that you are scheduled to leave the US within the next few days. Passport officials will ask to see your ticket confirming your travel date to a foreign destination, and at least in the San Francisco you must call ahead and make an appointment to submit your application.
I used the expedited service earlier this year and received my passport in about ten business days, giving me some extra time before my cruise to whine about how bad the picture is.
I would like to thank each and everyone of you. I knew you guys would come through for me. It never even crossed my mind that I could order another Birth Certificate. That is what I'm going to do...that way if the Passport doesn't arrive in time, I'll still have a B.C. Thanks again....you guys are the best.
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we showed them a letter on a company letterhead that John was to leave on a certain date, and they accepted it.
His travel plans ended up cancelled but oh well.
I applied for mine the normal way and got mine within two weeks.
I applied on August 31, 2001 and had my passport in hand on September 8, 2001 and paid no extra fees. Think about it, even the Labor Day weekend was in there!! Amazing a part of government that still "works"!