(Closed) Passports

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m in the same boat (with the same wedding day). My passport is lost so we’re gettting things together to request a new one.

You can print the documents online by visiting the Department of State site. I’m choosing to expedite my passport, which costs more, but will help ensure it gets there faster. After you expedite your passport, you can also contact your congressman to write a letter to help speed the process along on your behalf.

Good luck! Here’s hoping the process goes smoothly for us both!

Post # 4
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Passports get issued from your local/closest passport center so it depends a lot on where you live? If you’re in a big metro area like NYC it will take a lot longer. But if you’re in a smaller town/city it will be a lot faster. Both the Fiance & I’s only took about 2 weeks but that is not guaranteed. Especially with summer travel season coming up they are likely to get a influx of applications soon. So I would get on it ASAP! Are you going on Honeymoon right after your wedding, I would say there is a good chance (depending on where you live) you won’t need to expedite but for peace of mind it’s probably worth it to do it.You can stop in at your local Post Office to pick up an application. Places such as Walgreens take passport photos as well.

P.S. The last time I checked per the US Passports website the average wait for a Passport was 2 months. You really should get it done ASAP because my brothers took almost 6 months because it got lost in the mail.

Post # 5
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Unfortunately, passports are completely  unpredictable.  My husbands took 6 weeks without expiditing (brand new) from New Mexico and mine took 8 weeks with expediting (mine was lost) from Florida (main office Miami).  I think the biggest factor is where you live, as th emore populated the area the more likely there will be more applications going in.

One thing that will help expedite the process is make sure that all of your documents are official, no copies, no non-registered copies, the real deal or nothing. 

If you lost your passport be prepared to get the "What happened to your passport?" question everytime you enter the states since they print it right in your passport.  This gets really old quick!

Good Luck and get them done ASAP!

Post # 7
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, your married name wont be "legal" until you get your marriage license back and make all the necessary changes at SS, DMV, etc. Also if you’re making travel arrangements (instead of your FI) make sure to put your maiden name on your plane ticket, etc.

Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I applied for mine in February, a little afraid it wouldn’t be here by our honeymoon date.  But it came in only two weeks!  The time is a little unpredictable, but I think expediting the process gaurantees the passport will be at your door (or mailbox) in less than 3 weeks.  Also, once you submit your application, you can track the progress online to see how much longer it is expected to take.  If it’s taking too long, you can always call the State department, explain the situation, and see if they can bump it up in the processing queue. 

Here’s a link to the expected wait times for US Passport applications:


Post # 9
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

When I applied for mine (a few weeks ago)they told me 4-6 weeks, but you should apply for it before the summer rush!

Post # 10
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I got my passport about two years ago. I did not expedite it, and I applied for it in March and was told it could take up to 6-8 weeks for it to show up. I needed it for a trip in July and I only JUST BARELY got it in time.

I would recommend having it expedited- it costs a little more but you are on a timeline. Otherwise, what I did when I hadn’t gotten it the week before I needed it was that I called my local congressperson’s office and they helped to make sure it came before I needed it!

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