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Old Dec 22, 17, 1:55 am
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I got my 5 year olds first renewal done this month. Had to go through the nearest county court office to drop it off.

Applied: Dec 7
Received passport: Dec 18
Received passport card and old passport: Dec 19

They still quote 4-6 weeks on the paperwork, but certainly no reason to go expedited for us.
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Old Dec 24, 17, 12:57 pm
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My passport got stolen and I needed to travel within the week so they sent me to the SF passport agency.

Appointment next day. Computers were down they did everything with clipboards and by manual review. They said they couldn't do same day unfortunately.

Since I was flying elsewhere next day they Express mailed it next day and I got it the third day.

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Old Dec 26, 17, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
I got my 5 year olds first renewal done this month. Had to go through the nearest county court office to drop it off.

Applied: Dec 7
Received passport: Dec 18
Received passport card and old passport: Dec 19

They still quote 4-6 weeks on the paperwork, but certainly no reason to go expedited for us.

A little off topic but has anyone had issues with their photo being denied? This is what I'm a little paranoid about. I went to a place that specialized in passport photos and they turned my skin orange yellow so I quickly went over to CVS and I'm hoping that this photo is acceptable. All she asked me do was put my hair behind my ears and not smile.
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Old Dec 26, 17, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by gallivantinginseattle View Post
A little off topic but has anyone had issues with their photo being denied? This is what I'm a little paranoid about. I went to a place that specialized in passport photos and they turned my skin orange yellow so I quickly went over to CVS and I'm hoping that this photo is acceptable. All she asked me do was put my hair behind my ears and not smile.
I usually get my passport photos in the US done at Costco and have never had any rejected.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by gallivantinginseattle View Post
A little off topic but has anyone had issues with their photo being denied? This is what I'm a little paranoid about. I went to a place that specialized in passport photos and they turned my skin orange yellow so I quickly went over to CVS and I'm hoping that this photo is acceptable. All she asked me do was put my hair behind my ears and not smile.
I got mine from Walgreens and their sample pic already has a big shadow in the background which would DQ your application haha

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Old Dec 27, 17, 10:00 am
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Many photos are rejected, but that is usually because they do not comply with the very specific requirements imposed by the State Department. Just review the photos carefully before walking away with them. Not every store clerk who knows how to push a button, is particularly well-trained and many simply don't care.
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I had mine snapped at the USPS. I had to be there anyway to send out the package.

There was a sign in the room saying that USPS photos are "guaranteed" to be accepted, but I couldn't find anything on-line to confirm.
Not like they are stamped USPS or anything, so I have my doubts...
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
I had mine snapped at the USPS. I had to be there anyway to send out the package.

There was a sign in the room saying that USPS photos are "guaranteed" to be accepted, but I couldn't find anything on-line to confirm.
Not like they are stamped USPS or anything, so I have my doubts...
their guarantee means that they will retake it for free
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their guarantee means that they will retake it for free
Well, that really isn't worth much. LOL
Thankfully, I didn't have any issues.
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When I went to the Connecticut Passport Agency, a quite clever fella had set up a passport photo shop just adjacent. That guy was busy as all get out.
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Old Jan 4, 18, 11:06 am
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Update: My passport wait time

12/22 dropped off at USPS
12/24 delivered to passport agency12/27 received email saying it's processing
1/2 received email that it's being printed and that I should receive it by 1/8

Super impressed, especially since I sent it out around the holidays.
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Originally Posted by IIIIIIIIIIllllllllll View Post

Routine/ Passport book & card/ Renewal/ Name Change w/ marriage certificate

12/18/2017 12:45PM NYC -> Irving, TX. USPS Priority Mail. Expected arrival 12/21
12/22/2017 USPS says they can't find it.
12/26/2017 USPS asks for patience as their system is overloaded at the moment.
12/27/2017 Arrived in Irving, TX
12/28/2017 Check cashed, tracking # received at 12:50AM
1/2/2018 finished processing at 8:50pm
1/3/2018 sent out via USPS priority at 12:55am
1/3/2018 evening - receive a message saying that it's expected to be delivered on 1/10
1/4/2018 early morning - USPS shows Saturday 1/6 delivery but it's snowing like crazy.


1/6/2018 USPS says they are unable to locate the package due to snow
1/8/2018 Passport card received (why couldn't they just send the passport using the First Class Mail? lol)

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Old Jan 9, 18, 3:42 pm
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Renewal of US passport with routine non-expedited service/processing

Timeline Summary
• Mailed application: 20 December 2017
• Application received: 23 December 2017
• Application processing started: 27 December 2017
• Application processed and passport printed: 2 January 2018
• Passport book sent: 3 January 2018
• Passport card received: 8 January 2018
• Passport book received: 11 January 2018
• Old passport book received: 11 January 2018

Total business days for processing (excluding shipping to/from): 6
Total calendar days for processing (including two federal holidays, excluding shipping to/from): 11

Total business days, including shipping: 14
Total calendar days; including shipping (and including two federal holidays): 22

Detailed Timeline
Wednesday, 20 December 2017: Mailed renewal application via USPS Priority Mail to National Passport Center in Philadelphia, PA
• Saturday, 23 December 2017: USPS delivers application to post office box in Philadelphia, PA
• Tuesday, 26 December 2017 (late evening): Application fee check submitted for payment to my bank
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 (late evening): Status email acknowledges receipt of application and states that my application is being processed
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 (late evening): Status email states that my passport has been printed and that I should expect delivery on 8 January 2018.
• Tuesday, 2 January 2018 (late evening, two hours after previous update): Status email states that my passport book is being mailed via USPS Priority Mail and provides the tracking number (which is not yet available in the USPS tracking system) with expected delivery on 8 January 2018.
• Wednesday, 3 January 2018 (early morning, two hours after previous update): Status email states again that my passport book is being mailed via USPS Priority Mail and provides the tracking number, this time with a direct hyperlink for tracking (which is still not available in the USPS tracking system). Expected delivery date is updated to 9 January 2018.
Wednesday, 3 January 2018 (evening): USPS tracking updates to reflect receipt from Arkansas Passport Center with expected delivery date of 6 January 2018. It leaves the local AR post office and later leaves the regional Little Rock, AR postal distribution facility the same night.
• Thursday, 4 January 2018 (all-day): There is a big snowstorm that dumps over a foot of snow in the Boston area (where I live) and causes some of the worst flooding since the Blizzard of '78. I mention this because it is the likely culprit for the USPS delays that follow.
• Saturday, 6 January 2018: This is the expected delivery date, but there hasn't been an actual scan since 3 January 2018...there have only been auto-generated "in transit to destination" messages since it left AR. The day comes and goes without any actual updates or delivery.
Monday, 8 January 2018: I receive my new US passport card in the mail, sent via regular First Class Mail. Still no updates from USPS on my passport book package, except that the expected delivery date has changed to "unknown."
• Wednesday, 10 January 2018 (morning): Passport book package finally arrives at regional Boston postal distribution facility. There is still no updated delivery date, but USPS tracking now notes that delivery has indeed been delayed.
• Wednesday, 10 January 2018 (late morning): USPS updates expected delivery date to 11 January 2018, and package makes it to my local post office.
Thursday, 11 January 2018 (afternoon): USPS delivers new 52-page passport book. They also deliver my old passport book, sent in a separate mailing via First Class Mail.

Cost
Total: $151.65

• U.S. Department of State: $140 = $110 for passport book renewal + $30 passport card
• U.S. Postal Service: $6.65 for Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope postage (included tracking and $50 insurance)
• Costco: $5 + tax for four passport photos

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I got my passport photos taken at my local Costco for $5 + tax (membership required). They had a white projector screen pull-down as a backdrop. The employee working the photo processing desk took the photo with a decent Canon/Nikon/Olympus point-and-shoot digital camera. There was a light uniform shadow behind me just above my shoulders, but overall, the lighting was fine with no shadows on my face.

You get four 2x2 photos. My face filled a much larger area of the photo than the one in my previous passport, but it was still within the stated guidelines (I measured it to be sure).

It took about an hour for Costco to print them, but that's only because it was a high-volume period (holiday photo printing), and the printer had run out of toner/ink. The photos came out well, and, as far as ID photos go, came out pretty well. It looks better than the one that got printed in my new passport (the same Costco photo but now a bit overexposed and slightly off-center).
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Old Jan 16, 18, 8:04 pm
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Applied for child's first passport at post office on 12/29/17 and received it in the mail 1/16/18, which was 18 days from start to finish, including weekends and a couple federal holidays. We did not pay for expedited service.
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