Post # 1
Can anyone please answer my questions about getting a passport?
– What documents are needed? If a birth certificate is needed, how do I get a copy of mine?
– How much do they cost?
– How long does it take? We are planning on getting ours in February. our honeymoon is in June.
Thank you soooo much for taking the time to answer these
Post # 3
this should help
im pretty sure you do need your birth certificate – i think you can order this online – or callt he county in which you were born they should be able to send you a new one – i think i’ve had 3 birth certificates mailed to me in the past few years haha! i always lose them.
this should help with the birth certificate http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
they cost about 100 bucks maybe a little more – should take anywhere from 3-4 weeks unless you get it expedited – i had to go through all this last year and then spent 2 days last week FREAKING OUT because i couldnt find mine – but i did 🙂
Post # 4
@clemster: ooo also i would look into making an appointment at a passport agency or post office if possible (our post offices here dont take appointments, its first come first serve) if thats the case get there super early because i went around 9:00 in the morning and sat sat sat…then they take like an hour and half lunch and you have to sit and wait unless you want to lose your spot in line.
Also i reccommend CVS for passport pics.
Post # 5
Here is the state department site with all the info:
I recently had to apply for a replacement passport, because I lost my first one. It only took 2 weeks to come in, but I think that was because it was a replacement. I went to the post office to apply- http://www.usps.com/passport/ that website has all the fees. You do need a birth certificate- you get that from the town/ city clerk wherever you were born.
Post # 6
The birth cert would be the easiest route to get your passport, there are other forms of id, but then you have to provide more things. You can get your birth cert from your county vital statistics office (if you still live where you were born), other wise I’m sure you can mail in the form to get it. Here in Houston, I just went to the office, paid $24 and got a certified copy right there. Passport fee is $140 now I believe and I had to make an appointment at the USPS to submit mine. It took exactly a week and a half for mine to come and I was shocked because it wasn’t expedited or anything. I think that most people got theirs in a mad rush last year before prices went up, so when I got mine they weren’t processing as many and so it was done a lot faster than normal.
Post # 7
Thank you sooo much for this info… one more question – when applying, do I use my current last name, or my new one, since that’s the one I will have when traveling?
Post # 8
It will be whatever your name legally is at the time you are applying for the passport.
Post # 9
I don’t think you can use your new last name for a passport until you change your SSN to your new name. And you have to have a marriage license to do that. So I would get the passport in your maiden name and book your flight under your maiden name as well.
Post # 10
@clemster: Use your current name. You cannot apply for a passport with your new name until your name has been officially changed. You need your executed marriage license to do that and a new social security card issued before you can change your passport. It can take a few weeks to get y our executed marriage license, a few weeks for the new SS card, and then a few weeks for a new passport after that.
If you plan on leaving on your honeymoon right after the wedding, your tickets for the trip need to be booked in your maiden name to match your ID (passport).
Post # 11
I just got a new passport – it was $115 plus the post office processing fee (I think it was $35, but I could be wrong). Their current processing times are 4-6 weeks from time of application. My post office did not do appointments, but I did not have to wait. I went in the middle of the afternoon, so everyone was at work – breezed through.
Make sure you study what is needed in the link posted by the first PP. You can also fill out the paperwork online and then just print it, to save time/hassle (but you can’t submit it online).
Post # 12
When I applied for my passport, the man was super nice & told me since I’m getting this for my honeymoon, if I apply to change my name on my passport within the first year of getting the passport, there would be no charge for the name-change. I would double-check that, but I just wanted to throw that info out there. I’m going to look into that asap, because I don’t really want to pay another fee after paying just paying for my new one.
Post # 13
Y’all are awesome! Thank you for the wonderful tips and advice =)
Post # 14
@clemster: I just applied for my passport last week at my local post office. I needed my birth certificate and my driver’s license. I only had a temporary license because I was getting a new license with my married name, so the passport guy took my old license and the temporary one (because you can’t apply with just temporary documents). I also brought my marriage license. The passport itself cost $110. The post office charged $25 for processing, and $15 for pictures (you need two). The post office should also have the application form for you to fill out. If you need a copy of your birth certificate, you will probably have to contact the county you were born in to get it reissued. It could take a couple of weeks to get a copy.
You must get your passport in your legal name at the time you apply. I changed my name with SS, then DMV, then passport. However, be sure to book your plane tickets in whatever name you have on your passport because you will need to use it as ID at the airport.
Right now, the processing time is 4-6 weeks, but the post office told me it would be closer to 4 weeks.