(Closed) Passport Crisis Averted! But Valuable Info if the USPS Loses Yours!

posted 10 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Thanks for the tips, Belle! Great advice. You should post it to the Beehive in general!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

We should start a "Passport" wiki page.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Wow!  That is way too much stress this close to your trip!!  Glad they found your passport, and thank you!!! for the tips!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Great tips! Thanks a ton!

And worst case, if you find yourself with no passport too late for what you suggested, there are a few places where you can get one overnight. I lost mine 2 days before a trip, and we flew to New Orleans and got a new one in a few hours. It cost a lot to fly out there last minute, but it was super easy, and I got to go to St. Maarten!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

No joke. 14.85 would have been a LOT nicer!

The weird thing about the whole situation was that I KNEW where my passport was, but it just wasn’t there. My roommate searched the drawer, my FH searched it, I searched it, no go. Then when I moved recently, not only was my new one from NO in the drawer, but my old "lost" one was right underneath it! I was SO freakin confused!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

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

DO NOT PAY $12.85 FOR OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT DELIVERY FOR YOUR PASSPORT.
AGAIN, I REPEAT. DO NOT PAY $12.85 FOR OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT DELIVERY.

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.)

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