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Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: stephen
Date: July 15, 2006 06:53AM
Would you use the federal government's "faster" service alone or one of those private expediting companies?
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 15, 2006 07:28AM
Feds, all the others do is walk it through for you after making sure the form is complete.

If you need it really fast, call and make an appointment at the nearest office, you can have one in a day. call the National Passport Service - [travel.state.gov]

they can advise you the best way when they hear the details.



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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: stephen
Date: July 15, 2006 08:11AM
I'm 7 hours from the nearest office... not sure I want to do that 14 hours of driving....
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: celliott
Date: July 15, 2006 08:53AM
I live in central Illinois. Drove to Chicago and three hours later had my passport. I took my pictures and paper work with me. Chicago didn't take appointments (at least not then- 2 years ago), you just showed up and got in their que. 6 hours driving for me but when I left I knew I had it it hand.
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: LaserKun
Date: July 15, 2006 09:56AM
If you're in a real bind for time, like I was on a recent China trip (old, valid passport didn't have enough pages left, and only had about 8 months on it anyway), you will HAVE to use one of the expediting services. It is expensive, but I had no choice. If you have the time, see if you can indeed go directly to your closest passport agency for help. I have renewed my passport at the American Embassy in Tokyo before, but that still took about two weeks.
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: h'
Date: July 15, 2006 01:52PM
I walked into the office in Oakland CA last time I needed one, and received it in the mail a week later-- and did -not- elect for any sort of expedition.
YMMV greatly, of course
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: Silencio
Date: July 15, 2006 04:20PM
At the San Francisco passport office, appointments were required. Despite that, I was the only person in the joint. I opted for expedited service and got my new passport in a day or two, at most.
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Re: Best place to expedite a Passport?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 15, 2006 09:56PM
How long ago was that, h?

I've heard that walk-ins are greatly frowned upon these days. Don't know how accurate that is.






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