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Well, I've been out of the overseas travel game for a LOOOOONG time, almost two decades in fact... I leave in about two months, and today I went to go get a passport.

Much to my surprise, I was informed by a Post Office employee that I couldn't even get a Passport appointment until five weeks from now, and that even with Expedited processing, I'd receive my passport all of about two days before I was due to leave.

That is cutting it too close in my book, and said Post Office employee's general imperious and incompetent manner did not lend confidence... she didn't seem very on-the-ball or sure of much of anything, except that she didn't care. :skep:

So okay, how do I speed this up, if possible? Go to several other Post Offices and see if I can get an earlier appointment? Are there other avenues, private companies, etc. that do passports? And if so, any good ones?

Help a brotha out, Lownge. Did not know PPs had become such a hassle.
 

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Why are you going to a post office? I never did that to get my passport. And I just renewed mine via the state dep. site.

Typing "get a passport" in google gave me a million different hits with the very first option being "get passport fast". Then it gave out the 7 steps to getting a passport, none of which included going to the post office. Then the next hit was from the Dep. of State.

Taking a look there would have been a lot of faster than typing your post... And given you much more factual and accurate information.
 

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Why are you going to a post office? I never did that to get my passport. And I just renewed mine via the state dep. site.

Typing "get a passport" in google gave me a million different hits with the very first option being "get passport fast". Then it gave out the 7 steps to getting a passport, none of which included going to the post office. Then the next hit was from the Dep. of State.

Taking a look there would have been a lot of faster than typing your post... And given you much more factual and accurate information.
Ah, thanks for the berating. Usually my Mom does that, but she hasn't been around much lately, so it felt like a familial hug. :thumbsup:
 

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Make sure the country you're visiting doesn't require your most recent passport to be valid for a minimum time. Some places won't let you in if your passport has been valid less than six months.
 

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Make sure the country you're visiting doesn't require your most recent passport to be valid for a minimum time.

Some places won't let you in if your passport has been valid less than six months.
Huh? Isn't it that your passport has to be good for at least six more months upon entry?
 

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Contact me for an appointment and I'll tell you what to do.
 

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When'd you first get yours?
Most recently, 2011.

So I just saw this on the PO website: " Keep in mind that some Post Offices have limited passport acceptance hours or require an appointment." https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

That implies a couple things: You might have better luck at another Post Office and the PO you went to might require an appointment but that doesn't mean you need one to get a passport.

In the end the PO just mails the thing. They aren't involved in approval and going though them is just a 'service' they offer not any sort of requirement. (I'm pretty sure) And using the USPS for 'service' is unlikely to be the best option I'd have to guess.
I'm sure I just put mine in the mail with all the paperwork and that was that. But that was some years ago.
 

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Yes the USPS part is the biggest pain in the butt. I've had to do it a couple of times for the kids as theirs expires every 5 years. Your best bet was to start renewal 6 months ago. HTH.

I live in kind of a Podunk town and it was still a 3 or 4 week wait for my "appointment", which is basically you go to a different spot at the counter and the guy steps over from the regular spot and does your paperwork. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row, extra copies of everything,etc, because if something is off you have to come back another day.
 

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