passport

I'll he going to Rome at the end of October this year,I haven't gone to get my passport,do I still have time?

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17783 posts

juan, I'm not sure what length of time is required to obtain a Passport in the U.S., but I'd suggest getting started on that SOON! You should have more than adequate time before your trip in October. I received my last Passport in 12 days, so hopefully the U.S. Passport authorities are equally fast. That was a renewal though, and those are normally delivered faster than a new Passport. Cheers!

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

I have a passport alteady but I haven't used it in 25yrs would I have to renew it or apply again as a new

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

Yes, you have plenty of time, just get it started now. Your local post office probably has a passport office where you can get a renewal form. Get pictures taken at a drugstore, Target, or anywhere that advertises passport photos, then take them and your old passport back to the p.o. and turn them in. You will get your old passport back along with your new one. I have had it take anywhere from three to six weeks. No reason to pay an expedite fee at this point.

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

Ok thanks everyone ill get this done right away.

Posted by Angela
Chicago/Rural WI
809 posts

I have a slightly different situation, in that I have a current and valid passport that was expiring that I needed to renew (whereas yours has already expired). The State Department website was showing current renewal processing times at 4-6 weeks from the time they receive it. I sent in the paperwork June 18, they received it June 20. A couple days later I got an email from the passport office saying it's being processed and should take 4-6 weeks. Just this morning I received another email stating it's been processed and is in the mail back to me. It's only been 3 weeks, including the July 4th holiday. Again, your situation is a little bit different but, like Nancy said, I see no reason to pay for expedited service providing you get this done ASAP.

Posted by Maryam
Washington, DC
562 posts

Just want to clarify that this would not be considered a renewal (per the State Department website) since your passport has expired more than 15 years ago. You are considered a new application.

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

Thanks guys for all the replies and insight

Posted by terry
Brandon
44 posts

Well you could pay extra for them to speed up the process, but cant recall how much it is. Still I think you should be fine if your traveling in October.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

There are expediters who will turn applications around quickly. Since State seems to be doing them in a timely manner these days, I'd go with the standard approach but get it started right away so you don't cut it close.

Posted by Brendon
Auburn, Washington, USA
497 posts

Your passprt expires 10 years after it has been registered. It take about 4-6 weeks to renew and have it sent in the mail back to you. It took over 2-3 months to get ours(I think) when we applied for ours. So renewing it is much quikcer and cheaper.

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

I'll be applying for my passport tomorrow,should I ask for expedite process, do you think ill get my passport on time before my trip Oct 20th

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3409 posts

19 days have elapsed since you first ask the question about your passport! For Pete's sake, yes, have it expedited and be done with it.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

There is no reason to have it expedited unless you just like to spend money for no reason. You have almost 3 months - it should be more like 3 weeks to get it.

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

Ok thanks Nancy,I had some money priorities, the passport had to wait,so I was just wondering if I'm cutting it close

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

You have over two months. Plenty of time but get it in the mail. If a $95 passport fee is causing budget problems, what is the trip going to do to your budget if you get caught with a couple of unexpected expenses. That can happen.

Posted by juan
whittier, ca, usa
69 posts

Frank, the cost for a passport is a little more than that,but its all good:)

Posted by Ann
Sunnyvale
49 posts

I had less than a month to renew my expired passport (we had a last-minute trip come up) and I did the expedited way (next day air to send my application, and paid the extra money (I think it was $125 for expedited) and I got it in less than 6 days. Here's the link with instructions: http://travel.state.gov/passport/hurry/hurry_831.html

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

Hard to keep track of increasing fees. We renewed two years ago and it was $95. What is it now?