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Old 01-04-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Actually, it's as if I'm getting a new one. My last (and only!) passport was issued back in 1978!!! I was 14 years old. I tried to fill out the passport application online so I could then print it out and apply in person. Guess what? My passport is so old that the number wouldn't take! Another digit was required. Finally, I just added another zero at the end, but I doubt that's going to be legitimate.

Is a 6-8 week turnaround time a reasonable expectation? I'm getting both the passport book and the passport card (as long as I'm doing this, why not?). If anyone is curious, I'm thinking about going to visit an aunt who lives in England. I've never been there, so I'm pretty excited.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Don't know about an expired passport, but for my renewal the turn around time was 3 weeks for book and card. Actually got my old book back before the card arrived. You will still need the book for travel where a passport is required. I use the card for ID purposes. Have you ever seen TSA hunting for info on so many different drivers licenses? The passport card is one look and off you go.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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This site from the US State Dept should answer all your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/faq/faq_1741.html - broken link)
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Your expired passport is too old. You need to start like it was your first time
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I previously worked for the Passport Division of the State Department.

I have no idea what the current turnaround time is. Almost certainly better than when I worked there...couldn't possibly be worse.

You do have to fill out a new application DS-11. It is only considered a renewal if your current passport is still valid.

You will be asked to submit your previous passport with your application. If you have it, no problem. Unless the PP Office loses it and you never get it back. If you don't have it you'll have to send in a form DS-64 for lost or stolen passports with your application.

As mentioned all the info is here
Passport Home

As a previous passport employee. Good luck-you may need it
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I previously worked for the Passport Division of the State Department.

I have no idea what the current turnaround time is. Almost certainly better than when I worked there...couldn't possibly be worse.

You do have to fill out a new application DS-11. It is only considered a renewal if your current passport is still valid.

You will be asked to submit your previous passport with your application. If you have it, no problem. Unless the PP Office loses it and you never get it back. If you don't have it you'll have to send in a form DS-64 for lost or stolen passports with your application.

As mentioned all the info is here
Passport Home

As a previous passport employee. Good luck-you may need it
Wow..never had a problem when I first applied or with renewals but of course I didn't wait until the 11th hour..lol
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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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 01-05-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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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.

Luckily already had mine when that was implemented
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Thanks, everyone, for the thoughtful replies! I may not be traveling until April, which I'm sure will be plenty of time. I'm planning to turn in the application this Saturday.

By the way, my old passport photo is awful; I had braces, and the photographer caught me laughing!
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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We went to the largest local Post Office. Got the pics taken, brought the forms (filled out), took a checkbook and cash to pay......... they collected the applications daily and send them in. (we were #23 and 24 that day!)

When it was supposed to be 3 mo. turnaround ( right before the prices went up), we got ours in 2 weeks.
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