(Closed) Getting a passport is a pain in the A$$! (Vent)

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Did you speak with more than one person at the passport office? Because I see no reason why that certificate should not be accepted, those forms are issued by the Dept of State, right?.  Maybe you got a not-so-smart employee?

Just because they have replaced that cert with a different version shouldn’t invalidate it.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

i’m in Canada so things are a little different but I went through something similar myself (although not as bad).  My birth certificate was issued laminated, has always been that way. About a month after mine was issued (way back in 1983) they stopped laminating them and started printing ‘void if laminated’ of all birth certificates.  Every time i need to provide it as proof of identification I always have to fight with people about it, they have to get out their little books and verify the dates that yes it’s valid (doesn’t help that I now live in a difference province than the one it was issued in).

Post # 5
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just spent three hours! at the post office yesterday for my passport.  I’m hopefully ill have no bumps though.  Such a pain! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bmo88:  i feel you! FI went in with his ORIGINAL birth certificate mind you. The lady told usthat  his was not valid and would not be accepted for his passport. We asked why..she said and I quote “it doesnt look like the Texas birth certificates.” Well no shit ma’am, he was not born in Texas he was born in Illinois. Dumb, dumb, dumb. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bmo88:  I just looked at the US passport application and the citizenship documentation requirements. From what I can tell, if you are born IN the U.S., your birth certificate MUST have the names of your parents.  But there is no similar wording for certificates of people born OUTSIDE the U.S. I really think (hope) the person you spoke with might be confused.

top of page 2.  http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/79955.pdf

Post # 9
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666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a similar issue when I got my own passport.  I was born outside the country (came earlier than expected) and I only had a birth certificate from that country.  That birth certificate had on it that my parents were Americans, and at the time it had always worked as proof of citizenship for my own travels in and out of the country.  

However, when I applied for a passport it was not good enough.  I also did not have a consular report of birth (either they didn’t do those at that time or my parents didn’t know enough to do that) or anything like that.

For the passport, I had to pay an extra $100 and also had to mail in each of my parents’ original birth certificates which showed that they were born in the US.  This was apparently proof that I was a citizen (because they were) and the extra money was to establish my citizenship or something like that.

Since time was short for me, I also wrote to my senators and my congressman and that seemed to expidite it for me a bit as I think one or two of them checked into it for me.

Post # 10
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7850 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had crazy issues with getting a passport back in 2007.

i had a tracking number that it arrived at the philly office for processing but philly had no record of it.

because there was such a backlog of people wanting passports at that time, the only thing i could do was 14 days before my trip, go to the philly office, stand in line and hoped i got in before they closed.

luckily, i was refunded all the fees i paid previous to going to philly office and only had to pay the new fees.

sadly, my childhood passport that i mailed it to renew was never found.  i might be one of those news stories in 50 years about a passport found behind a desk.

 

Post # 11
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1453 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m sorry for your trouble.

My FI got ROBBED TWO days before our trip to Jamacia. The crooks took his passport, we were both DEVASTATED. I put on my thinking cap and got to work. Turns out, you can go to your closet regional office for “emergency passports”. We drove to D.C. the next morining, showed the office the police report and our documents proving we were traveling out of the country. It cost about $200 but we got the passport the same day. It was extremely stressful, but we had an amazing time on our trip. 

Good luck hope everything turns out okay.

Post # 12
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1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Jennlee:  +1 on congressmen. We had different issues entirely (visa related), but getting in touch with a congressman seemed to help (that or everything fell inot place coincidentally in the 2 weeks after!)

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