is this Saturday, April 9th (www.travel.state.gov) it allows you to apply or renew your passport on a walk in basis without an appointment..if your passport expires within 6 months from today, you need to get it renewed
yes, as of right now, if the government shuts down on friday at midnight, the passport offices will still be open this Saturday
check the above website for details and what you need to bring and charges..you will receive your passport in the mail in a very short turn around time by doing it on Saturday
That's all well and good, but I don't see why we need to bother with passports in the first place. It's just another example of a far-too-big government intruding in our lives. After all, we're Americans, the greatest, richest, most powerful nation in the world, and because we're exceptional, we should be exempt from these kinds of piddling formalities. We should be permitted past border checkpoints around the world just by wearing an American flag pin. All of this passport nonsense is just wheel-spinning and makework paper-pushing to keep government workers employed.
In fact, I think we ought to close down the entire State Department. Diplomacy is a useless exercise, and we all know it. Any nation that doesn't agree with us is wrong, and is therefore our enemy. You don't need buildings full of government hacks to figure that out. Get rid of all those striped-pants people and either apply the savings to the debt or move the money to the military where it'll do some good.
But seriously folks. . .
I remember that before passports were stringently required for US citizens, this board was full of complaints about why cruisers shouldn't be required to have them. There was a crazy-quilt of rules about which Caribbean islands required them and which didn't, and some people here were hell-bent on not having to get a passport, generally claiming one form or another of American exceptionalism, or pointing to the "outrageous" cost.
I also remember that our great friend the late Pamda finally put up a slam-dunk post to the effect that if you can't afford a passport you can't afford to travel, so get over it.
Now it seems that those arguments are over, passports are an accepted requirement as they should have been all along.
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