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Old Jan 23, 09, 3:27 pm   #1
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Current passport card wait times

I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
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Old Jan 23, 09, 6:39 pm   #2
 
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I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
Not sure about the card, but Mrs INY and son got their new passports back within two weeks when they renewed several months ago..... I was very pleasantly surprised!
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About 2 weeks to get the original passport back. It will arrive in a plain envelope, U.S. Mail, with one of the passport photos stapled to the signature page.

Could be 6-8 weeks for the passport card. Once your application is in the system, you can check the status online.
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Old Jan 23, 09, 10:09 pm   #4
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I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
Processing for the Passport Card is caught up; it is about 2-3 weeks now from application to getting the card in the mail. (Datapoint from last week).
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Old Jan 24, 09, 12:23 am   #5
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Processing for the Passport Card is caught up; it is about 2-3 weeks now from application to getting the card in the mail. (Datapoint from last week).
Correct! It should be wait for renewal the passports into the mail is approximately 3 or 4 weeks. You always can check the passports status online. If your application is in process. So its should be wait for awhile until Passport Agency will sent you into emails but, it will be confirmed from your passports is ready to be sent.
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Old Jan 24, 09, 1:24 pm   #6
 
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I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
Keep in mind, you can't fly internationally on that card, even to Canada or Mexico or the Caribbean islands.

You can use the card to drive into the US from Canada or Mexico or on a cruise to the Caribbean.
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Old Jan 24, 09, 3:01 pm   #7
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Keep in mind, you can't fly internationally on that card, even to Canada or Mexico or the Caribbean islands.

You can use the card to drive into the US from Canada or Mexico or on a cruise to the Caribbean.
"Can't" is a strong word. "Should not" is more accure for Canada. I don't know about Mexico.
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Don't know about the card but I mailed in my passport for renewal 1/10 and received it by mail yesterday, 1/23. This is much faster than I thought. This was also not expedited.
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We applied for renewal on 12/31. Each of us received our new passports on 1/12. received our passport cards on 1/13. and our old passports arrived on 1/14.
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Old Jan 24, 09, 11:12 pm   #10
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Keep in mind, you can't fly internationally on that card, even to Canada or Mexico or the Caribbean islands.

You can use the card to drive into the US from Canada or Mexico or on a cruise to the Caribbean.
oh, that's not a problem. I intend to use the card solely for trips to the BVI/BWI (the islands... not the airports ) on pleasure craft.

My passport got wet last time I went to Tortola, and I had to wait on the vessel for it to dry until they'd let me in.
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Old Jan 25, 09, 3:46 pm   #11
 
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I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
I'm kind of curious too; I have plenty of validity left on my passport, but I'd like a passport card (people doing age verification don't need to know my address and driver's license number) in addition. Is that what you're planning to do - keep your current passport, but get a passport card in addition?
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Old Jan 25, 09, 4:52 pm   #12
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Is that what you're planning to do - keep your current passport, but get a passport card in addition?
basically... get the card in addition to the passport.

As it stands now, I have no confirmed international travel until April 3, but high probability of international travel on March 1, so I can be without a passport until then.
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Old Jan 25, 09, 5:25 pm   #13
 
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I finally have a long stretch (a little over a month) in which I have absolutely no international travel whatsoever that necessitates a passport.

So I've decided now is the appropriate time to apply for a passport card.

For those who have done this, how long before you received your passport in the mail, and subsequently your passport card?

Thanks in advance
I renewed my daughter's passport recently and it took less than 2 weeks (but this was a renewal).

The US Dept of State website gives current wait times for application processing http://travel.state.gov/passport/get...atus_2567.html
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Old Jan 26, 09, 8:39 am   #14
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quick update to this... my girlfriend just received hers... it took 12 days
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Old Jan 26, 09, 3:34 pm   #15
 
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I'm kind of curious too; I have plenty of validity left on my passport, but I'd like a passport card (people doing age verification don't need to know my address and driver's license number) in addition. Is that what you're planning to do - keep your current passport, but get a passport card in addition?

That's what many of us have done. You need a real passport book in order to travel internationally by air. However, if you have the passport book, it's only $20 to apply for the passport card. $20 for a 10-year govt-issued ID is an incredible deal!
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