What Is The Deal Getting An Expedited Passport?

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  1. Agave_Blue

    Agave_Blue Friend of Leo's

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    My daughter needs to expedite a passport renewal. It has to be done in person because she's going from an expired passport as a minor and renewing as an adult.

    She has photos, forms, etc. all complete and just needs to, basically, drop it all off and pay.

    No passport office in the area has an open appointment until April. :ugh:

    I know people get new or renewed passports expedited all the time (for an additional fee).

    FWIW, my other daughter did the same a thing a few months ago and didn't have to go through all this trouble. She did the paperwork, photos, etc, walked in and, voila, Passport shows up a few week later.

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    Does anyone know how to get this type of renewal expedited?
     
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    Call your congressman (person).
     
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    A company I was in used 'expedited passport' services all the time. $100 or so.

    Last minute meetings, etc...gets walked through. STandard operating procedure, especially when they say 60-90 days (can) be expected
    in normal cases.. that may have changed ..
     
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    Sorry, not sure if this is tongue-in-cheek or not.

    Will this really help?
     
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    Better chance of it helping if you're a voter but really depends on the congressman (and his staff who'll do the actual work).
     
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    I believe there's a way to go to the passport office in DC and pretty much get one in 48 hours.

    A friend of mine got tickets to the Zeppelin show in England at the last minute and had to go to DC but got a passport in less than a week, so it's possible.
     
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    My BIL got his passport same-day in DC.
     
  8. Agave_Blue

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    There are few places with a Passport Agency (DC is one, ATL, several others). There is NO Passport Agency convienent to my daughters location.

    There are only "Acceptance Facilities" locally.
     
  9. Agave_Blue

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    The "Acceptance Facilities" are Post Office locations.

    There is not ONE PO Passport facility within 50 miles of her location that accepts walk-ins. I called several of the larger offices - not ONE SINGLE office answered the phone. This was between about 2:30 and 3:30 PM. I re-dialed several times. Not ONE SINGLE answer.

    So I called the Congressional office for my district. They got her wait-listed at an office near her, found information on a no-appointment-necessary 'Passport Day' that occurs in a few weeks and where that would occur locally. They will also call her local Congress-person's office to set it up so that Congressional office will mail the expedited request to the Passport Agency (which saves time even on 'normal' expedited service).
     
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    Our US Senator got my family our passports expedited and overnighted when nothing else would work (they had been delayed for weeks).

    They came three hours before our international flight.
     
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    Look up passport services online. You can Fed-ex them your info overnight and they will expidite for a fee. I've used a local service in Houston as we have a passport office here. Here is one I found online. Cost is usually around $100. Post offices can handle it as well but not expidited. I think Amex can help you if you have a card, part of their travel services. They will also recommend a agency that takes their card. The others do as well.

    http://www.rushmypassport.com/passport-renewal.html?gclid=CMzQ86GGpq4CFWm-tgodQxJ3Pw
     
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    Can't do it. Has to be an "in person" application; they have to witness a signature on some document or another.

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html

    The bolded bullet is NOT true in this case, hence she must apply in person.
     
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    Atlanta is 7 hours. DC is about 5 or so. Those are both one way.

    It'd be faster to drive home (3 hours) and process it at the Post Office here (where they allow walk-ins :rolleyes: ).

    Seems to me a larger metro area should have at least one Post Office Passport facility that allows walk-ins. The GMSA were talking about is about 2,000,000 residents; it's not Topeka or Fargo.

    No offense to anyone from Topeka or Fargo. I'm just saying bigger numbers => bigger demand.
     
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    That's why everyone should have a valid passport and keep it current. I've had one for a long time and it's come in handy on occasion. If you don't have one, get one now because you never know.
    -Mr. N.
     
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    Sounds like someone waited until the last minute . There is a price to be paid when this is done . Unless it is a business thing , things requiring a passport rarely sneak up on anyone . The good part is that the minor/adult thing will be past forever after this .
    Good luck .
    I made sure that my passport was renewed before the old one expired .
    When is the passport required for usage ?
     
  18. Agave_Blue

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    Ehhh, kind of but not really.

    On the one hand, we could've gotten a renewal at any time and never did. So in that sense you're right.

    On the other hand she had/has other items that have to occur before she can even apply to the program/foreign school. She can't get a Visa until she is accepted.

    She doesn't need it for travel until this Summer. But she has to get a Student Visa before that.

    We did find a location just outside the 50 miles search range that takes walk-in's M-F 8AM - 4PM.

    :eek:, almost like a regular business. :confused:
     
  19. Colo Springs E

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    An appointment?

    I went to my post office with the forms and pictures necessary. I didn't even have a passport (expired or unexpired) previously, and walked right up to the counter, gave them my completed documents, and paid the $75 or whatever it was. My passport arrived in less than 3 weeks.

    I didn't need any sort of appointment. Seems surprising to me you'd need that in a city the size of Charlotte NC.
     
  20. Agave_Blue

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    Yes!! I've done that. My other daughter did that about 2 months ago. Just the same as you.

    But where my other daughter is (a few hours from Charlotte) NONE of the metro area Acceptance Facilities (mostly Post Offices) allow walk-in's - at least none within a 50 mile search radius.

    As I mentioned in my previous post, we did find a place just beyond that 50-mile range that operates like they don't mind having customers.
     
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