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Old August 17th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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Associated Press is reporting that the backlog in passport applications has forced officials to abandon standard of a week's wait for people paying $60 extra for expedited service.

People can expect to wait about three weeks for expedited service and a regular application now takes 10 weeks to 12 weeks per the State Department.

Those estimates are optimistic.
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Thanks for the update...I need to do a re-new, may-be get that going 6 months prior??
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Old August 17th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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Good idea - the situation is a real mess and not making State any friends on The Hill.

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Old August 28th, 2007, 09:28 AM
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We leave on Sept.9 for our cruise and sent out for our passports in the beginning of April. We didn't expedite them as we figured we had plenty of time and that they said we'd get them around Mid-May to beginning of June.

FYI - it took 5 MONTHS ! I only got them back only 3 weeks ago!!

Just to give you an idea (or a warning) of how long
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Old August 28th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Yes, passport getting has become a real mess. I am beginning to wonder if the RFID requirements in any way have contributed to the mess or if it is just the increase in demand for passports.

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We leave on Sept.9 for our cruise and sent out for our passports in the beginning of April. We didn't expedite them as we figured we had plenty of time and that they said we'd get them around Mid-May to beginning of June.

FYI - it took 5 MONTHS ! I only got them back only 3 weeks ago!!

Just to give you an idea (or a warning) of how long
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thought you didn't have to have a passport to take a cruise
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Yes, they have slacked on the requirement now with all the snafus, but go out and apply since you are going to be locating your certified birth certificate. Once they get the current mess resolved the passports will be required.

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maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. I received mine in about 6 weeks....just got it the other day. I did not pay to have it expedited. I have heard a few other people receiving theirs sooner as well.
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Thanks for the update. Maybe the nightmare has ended and they have got their act together! One can hope. 8)

**09/12 Just an update the backlog is supposed to have been worked off now and the passport turnaround greatly improved per the latest press release.**


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maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. I received mine in about 6 weeks....just got it the other day. I did not pay to have it expedited. I have heard a few other people receiving theirs sooner as well.
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