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Valley Girl's picture

I'm hoping someone out there can give me help.

I'm going abroad Dec. 15, and what with one thing and another, I forgot to renew my passport. Oh Shit.

I see via google that there are options at the official USG site, but also that there are .com options. I'm will to pay for good service.

If any of you have been in the same situation, and have a .com to recommend, I would be MOST grateful.

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coyotecreek's picture
Submitted by coyotecreek on

Explain that you need the passport AASAP. Then set up a morning appointment and you should be able to get your new passport that same afternoon. Just plan to spend the day doing what you need to do. Take everything necessary with you in the morning. And you will probably pay an extra $75 - but it will be worth it.

Call tomorrow AM and get things set up for next week.

Enjoy your trip abroad.

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

My comment applies if you live in a city (near a city) with an actual passport office. Otherwise the expedited process (below) will work for you.

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Submitted by quixote on

Pay the blighters, and they'll expedite the passport processing. This is from the .gov website:
"EXPEDITED SERVICE* As of ( Thursday November 25, 2010 ), we are processing requests for expedited service, that include overnight delivery to and from the Passport Agency, about 2-3 weeks door-to-door*."

So, start tomorrow would be my advice. You can download the forms as pdf, and they accept digital pictures these days. Try to get the paperwork to them as prontissimo as possible.

I've never used the .com outfits. They might be fine, but I have to admit, I'm prejudiced against them. Usually, all they do is submit the exact same paperwork you fill out, except they charge you for it. They may say it goes faster, but I'll be surprised if that's true. Others here may know different, though. As I say, I have a bad attitude toward them.

Valley Girl's picture
Submitted by Valley Girl on

As an aside, I do know that I have to get a new PP photo. As much as I hate CVS, they do that.

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Submitted by quixote on

If you have a digital camera, and photo paper to print on, you can just do your own. IIRC, it has to be no more than 2" top-to-bottom (also side to side?) and the picture no more than .25" from the edge (i.e. big enough to pretty much fill it). The requirements are on the gov web site.

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Submitted by MsExPat on

Are you in the New York area? For all my visa and passport needs, I use a professional fixer (don't be put off by his homemade-looking website, he's totally a pro.). Michael is a sweetheart, wonderful and efficient, and he takes care of everything with a smile. Of course it costs, but for me this is one "rent" I don't mind paying (and it goes to an independent small business).

It looks as if Michael's fee for a 3 to 5 day turnaround is $100 on top of all the USG fees. Maybe he can help you even if you don't live in the NYC area--it's worth giving him a call.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

I tried phoning the 800 number. The phone picked up, and a mechanical voice said "goodbye" and hung up on me. Tried 3 times, the same. So....

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

If your congresscritter is an incumbent, call his local office. This is the kind of thing that the constituent service staff handles all the time, on the theory that thereafter you will vote for her forever. I'm not sure whether a newly elected rep will have had time to develop a skilled staff. Of course, there's always your Senators. However much they think of themselves as statesmen, helping out constituents with this kind of problem with government is a major part of what they do.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

That's a great idea. My Dem rep has been in office for 24 years, and was reelected, so....