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    Anyone have a passport renewed lately?

    What sort of lead times should I anticipate? How much does expedited processing help?

    My passport expired less than 15 years ago, so I shouldn't need a new one. I have until Aug 27 to get one to be able to attend this trip.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    What sort of lead times should I anticipate? How much does expedited processing help?

    My passport expired less than 15 years ago, so I shouldn't need a new one. I have until Aug 27 to get one to be able to attend this trip.

    Thanks in advance
    Not sure I understand. If it expired than you definitely get a new one. They don't recycle them. I think when I got mine renewed 2 years ago it took like 4 weeks to get it back.

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    The application forms are on the website, just type in the information, print it and take the form, photos and your old PP to the Passport office (and your check book). Do it this week. They will advise you on the best way to go (regular or expedited) based on your travel plans. When I renewed mine last time it came much faster than I expected. Website will also say what ID you'll need to bring.
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    Did the expedited with a one week turn around.
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    4-6 weeks for normal processing. 2-3 weeks with expedited processing (may be less but don't count on it - go through your local county clerk - you need to see them anyway to file an affidavit as part of your application since it's been more than 5 years that's expired). You can fill out the form online here.
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    Thanks everyone. I'll get the pic taken tonight and see if I can get the application out tomorrow. I'll get expedited processing to be sure.

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    Costco does passport pics for $5, if you have one near you and have a membership.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Mine expired in April, so I can do mine all by mail.
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    Got a new one after many years in October, paid for expedited service and got it back in 3 weeks.
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    Honestly, OP, I wouldn't mess around with the Dept. of State directly for this renewal, given your limited time. Even the $60 expedited service is 3 weeks, leaving very little room if something goes awry.

    My suggestion is that you use a registered expediting service, in particular, https://www.passportvisasexpress.com, whom I've used on two occasions, one of which I needed a renewal for my wife just 8 days out! That one cost me about $300, but they got it to me in like 2 days. Otherwise, their $60 expedited service is a week.

    They actually send a person into the DoS passport offices on your behalf (at least for the most urgent cases), so it's assured and easy.

    I've been extremely impressed with the service from passportvisasexpress.com, and highly recommend them for those under serious time constraints.
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    My son just renewed his using expedite... took about 10 days.

    I renewed mine using the regular process about 4 years ago, took about 4 weeks.

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    I literally just renewed mine and my daughter's and it took around 2 weeks with expedited processing. But it all depends on which center applications get routed to from your area and what their volume looks like. You should be fine, though. If it gets too close, you can drive to one of the passport agencies (assuming there's one near you) where you can get one in about a week. But you have to make an appointment to use them and have to have a documented travel reservation already made that shows you need one faster than traditional expedited processing.

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    If you have a pressing need, you might be able to get it quicker. This is from an airline pilot website:

    The passport office (and website) will tell you that it will take you a minimum of 48 hours to renew your passport, I did it in less then 6, here’s how.

    First you will need a letter from your Flt Ops stating that you will need expedited service.

    Next, call the National Passport Information Center, 877-487-2778, when the phone answers, “immediately” (don’t wait for the voice prompts) press extension 1 then 2. This will transfer you to the automatic scheduler. If you wait for the prompts you’ll most likely get a busy call back message. If the extension doesn’t work, hang up and try again.

    This will transfer you to an automatic scheduling system that will only schedule in person appointments for the following Passport City Branches: BOS, ORD, DEN, Norwalk, CT (NYC), HNL, HOU, LAX, MIA, MSY, LGA, PHL, SFO, SEA, and DCA. To increase your chances of same day service, be sure to schedule your appointment as early in the morning as possible.

    Prior to your appointment, complete and bring with you your Passport Renewal Application (Form DS-82) found on the US Passport website, (U.S. Passports & International Travel), your airline ID, Airline letter of expedition, Passport Photo and payment. The fee is $127.

    My appointment was at 09:30, I arrived 30 minutes prior. From start to finish, I was at the Passport Office for approximately an hour and a half. I stood in two lines, dealt with 2 agents. The first was the paperwork ‘checker’ and the last was the paperwork “processor”. The “processor” asked me how soon did I need the passport and I told her as “soon as possible”, she then asked if I could come back in 2 days (48 hours) to pick it up. I agreed, but told her I would like it sooner, (no reply on her part). IMPORTANT: I then asked if I could have a phone number or letter for my employer stating that my renewal was being processed so that in cased I got called out for an international trip I had something to give them for proof. She then and only then, volunteered that if I were able to pick it up later in the day at 15:00, I could get it that afternoon (apparently, soon-as-possible doesn’t mean soon-as-possible). So same day service is possible!

    I then did a little sight-seeing downtown and returned at 15:00. By 15:30 I had my renewed passport in hand.

    It was worth it to me to wait the 6 hours rather then screw up another day by returning to the downtown office. If you wish not to return, there is also an option to have your passport sent express mail to your house for an additional fee. Not only am I on reserve, but I also commute and did not want to be without my passport for any longer then I had to be. Same day service was worth it to me.
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    I renewed mine earlier this year and got it back in 3 weeks with no expediting.
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    Got mine in 10 days expedited.
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