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Old 01-10-2010, 11:12 AM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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After you wrote this, I began thinking about it and realized I didn't really need the card, so I didn't bother.

This process couldn't have been any easier! I went to a local post office where they took my photo, collected my paperwork and passport, had me sign and swear that information on the form was true, I paid the fees, and that was it. I was out of there in 10-15 minutes.

I chose the normal turnaround time, which is 6-8 weeks now.

Originally Posted by filihok View Post
Any recollection of the North American Travel Initiative?

Speaking of, Sandy...there is 0 reason to get a passport and a passport card. You're just paying more money.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:05 PM
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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You can also pay to expedite your passport from the post office even if it is a new one. I recieved mine in less than two weeks.

In Seattle you can go in person and renew your passport same day also.

Have fun on your trip.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:53 AM
Location: Tucson
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Originally Posted by njkate View Post
Wow..never had a problem when I first applied or with renewals but of course I didn't wait until the 11th hour..lol
I remember it was pretty crazy in '07 when passports started being required for going to places where they weren't previously needed. I was going on vacation at this time and was reading a forum. Lots of people were worried about not making their vacations because of passports taking forever. That's probably not the case anymore, though. I'd rather spend the money and renew mine earlier than needed (and when I'm not going anywhere for sure) as opposed to being nervous before travel. Some people don't know many/most countries require at least 6 months left on a passport before entering them. The most ridiculous new "feature" is that now I can't go down to the border town in Mexico while my passport is being renewed! I'd imagine I'd still get back on a driver's license after some begging and some hassle, but who wants that?!
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:45 AM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Originally Posted by sierraAZ View Post
Lots of people were worried about not making their vacations because of passports taking forever
I worked there then and lots of people didn't make their vacations. Sometimes it was their fault, way too many times it wasn't.
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