(Closed) I’m Goin’ Postal!!! USPS lost my passport…

posted 10 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Praying for you!  Good luck!!!

Post # 4
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

oh my god! the postal service lost my passport last week! i am so sorry this happened to someone else 🙁 at least yours has potential of still reaching you, and you do have some time. the envelope containing my passport was destroyed in the letter sorter. only the card and the envelope reached their destination; packaged neatly in an "i’m really sorry" envelope from the USPS. i am sending well wishes your way, and i hope you get everything worked out before your honeymoon!

Post # 5
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh dear! Well, please be kind to the letter carrier if you get to speak to her. The post office has become an extremely demanding place to work in the past couple of years. The carriers have bar codes they must scan inside the mailboxes so the central office knows if they are taking "too long" and their routes get longer every few years. My dad has been a carrier for 50 years and I can assure you that the carriers really do care and try to do their best, but the frantic pace they are required to maintain doesn’t allow them to hunt down missing packages very easily.

Post # 6
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Don’t fret!  Your passport can be issued in as soon as 10 days when filed "imminent."  I received mine in 3 weeks (and it had to go through the military APO system which I’m sure added and extra 2 weeks!!)  Take a breath and relax.  You will get it in time and you will have a wonderful time on your honeymoon.

Post # 7
2765 posts
Sugar bee

If worse comes to worse, you can get the passport expedited!

Passport Update!

Post # 11
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Do you live in a townhome or apartment complex (gated community, that sort of thing?) I’ve had stuff "DELIVERED" before, and not gotten in, and gone through a big damn mess similar to yours… only to finally get ahold of the mail carrier and find out that he either delivered it to one of my neighbors, or to my community office manager. (And they assume the post office will tell ME this, so they didn’t get in touch with me…) Just a thought.

Post # 12
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2004

I’m having the same mail losing problem with USPS. I didnot request a tracking number so now it has been more than a week I have not received my passport. The Korean Consulate said that they are not responsible for losing any packages sending from them. It’s horrible. In the envelope I put my Passport, $100 in cash, and some other documents. I cannot understand what has happened to my envelope. I have only one advice for all people: Never send your precious documents to anyone else or by mail. The best way not to lose your precious assets is keeping them with you.

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

It appears that either Post Office employees or bottom feeders at the Consulates and Embassies know to look for untraceable envelopes. You MUST get a tracking number. My passport was stolen in-transit to a Consulate a few weeks ago. The USPS never gave me a tracking number or offered it when I shipped my passport. I assumed Priority mail would come with a tracking number and mistook the Billing#  for it. I’m sure terrorists will find them useful, and they likely know the FBI doesn’t investigate stolen passports — so its an easy way to sneak into the country for terrorists.

Post # 14
3 posts

I’m very busy, but I’m writing this to save someone else a lot of heartache and worry.


This is the second time this has happened to me. First time was with either my wife’s or my passport, and now the second time with my daughter’s passport.

For some reason, (I suspect either because USPS does not mind gypping and lying when it comes to other agencies’ mail delivery [are they going to file for a guarantee refund? NO!], or because USPS employees love ruining other peoples’ international vacations, or USPS cannot handle overnight deliveries), USPS Tracking showed that my passport was delivered on 10/7/2013 via USPS Priority Express 1-Day. This was an absolute lie. The passport CARD showed up on 10/9/2013, as did the original birth certificate. However, the actual passport did not show up until 10/16/2013 (today), even though it was supposedly fake-delivered to me on 10/7/2013.

If you do not want to wait a whole extra week for your passport to arrive, do yourself a favor and just sign up for the regular mailing of your passport. Save the $12.85 and paradoxically your passport will arrive quicker.

If you’re wondering why I made the same mistake twice, I was lied to and told that I must buy the $12.85 overnight delivery if I wanted to pay the $60.00 expedite fee.

There should be an investigation into the practice of fake-delivering passports and them showing up a week+ after.

(bellenga, thank you so much for this post… it kept me sane and on the ball.)

Post # 15
3 posts

If your passport is fake-delivered, YOU MUST CALL YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE! I did and it showed up 2 days later.

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