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Passport Expired

It figures. I'm supposed to leave on Friday for Norway and I waited until today to check the expiration date on my Passport. It expired in January of this year. That gives me 3 days to try to get it renewed before my flight takes off. This site makes it look like it ain't gonna happen, but I'm hopeful. There's a fair amount of walk-in places in Denver that do on-site photos.

Let me know if you have any tips or have been through this process yourself.

Update: Thanks to David Carter's suggestion, I found American Passport and should have a new passport on my doorstep Thursday morning. :-D

Update 2: Passport has arrived!

Posted in General at May 16 2005, 09:54:34 PM MDT 25 Comments
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Uh oh. My wife was a travel agent for a while. She says you can "expedite" when you file for a new one, but it still takes like a week.

Posted by CP on May 16, 2005 at 10:20 PM MDT #

Matt, Call your Senator and Congressman's office RIGHT NOW and explain your situation. They are pretty much the only people with the power to help you (and even then, 3 days is insane). Glad you made those sizable donations last campaign season, yes? Oh, you didn't? Good luck!

Posted by Hunter on May 16, 2005 at 10:44 PM MDT #

I'm a little foggy on the details, but I have friends who live in Florida who, if memory serves, told me about an expedited service in Miami where you could apply (in person) at an office and get it that same day. You would go to the office in the morning and your passport would be ready that afternoon. The father of one of my friends was in Germany and got ill, and his sister had to travel there in a hurry. She was able to drive to Miami and get her passport the same day. The reason this service was available in Miami was because of the sheer number of people there going on cruises. Apparently many people going on cruises don't think that they need a passport when they are going to different countries in the Caribbean! I have no idea if there is such a place near Denver, though :(

Posted by Derek Burt on May 16, 2005 at 11:25 PM MDT #

In Belgium you have a special speed procedure for such case. Naturalization will probably take years so thats also not an option. Good luck anyway.

Posted by koenvda on May 17, 2005 at 01:46 AM MDT #

That's the problem when living in such a big country:-) I have to commute from Germany to Switzerland everyday, so this can't happen to me...

Posted by Lars Fischer on May 17, 2005 at 03:58 AM MDT #

It will cost you, but I was once able to get both a passport & a visa in 3 days total. Google "passport expediting" & you'll find several companies doing this. I have personally used CIBT http://www.cibt.com/ in the past, but their site appears to be down at the moment. These companies will typically overnight your application to Washington & then send someone over to stand in line at the State Department to see it through the process.

Posted by David Carter on May 17, 2005 at 05:09 AM MDT #

You can talk to your representative/senator, but <em>make an appointment today </em> and hustle to visit a passport office directly.

You will probably have to hop on a plane and go to one of these places: http://travel.state.gov/passport/about/agencies/agencies_913.html

That's the only way I can think of -- perhaps one of them is a connecting city for you and you can go a few days early to sort out the paperwork? (I've had friends that have gotten same-day renewals in New York)

Posted by Keith Weinberg on May 17, 2005 at 07:44 AM MDT #

I have a friend who when he was going on his honeymoon to Europe, his wife lost her passport. Long story short she left a day early, went through New York City and visited the consulate to get a new one. Then they met at the airport and then traveled to Europe from JFK.

Posted by Greg Ostravich on May 17, 2005 at 08:04 AM MDT #

A few years ago I got same day service on a new passport by travelling to Philadelphia and turning in my passport application in person. To get the same day service, I had to provide an itenerary showing that I was scheduled to fly out that week. I assume you can get the same service at any of the passport offices listed at the link that was already posted.

Posted by Rafe on May 17, 2005 at 08:34 AM MDT #

I got my passport renewed in the same day 20 years ago. Bottom line was - I had to connect through Washington D.C. and walked my passport through the State Department myself. A call to the passport office should give you the details of what is necessary. Good luck!

Posted by Richard Williams on May 17, 2005 at 09:22 AM MDT #

You guys quite lucky. I'm waiting for my new passport for 5 months already. :-)

Posted by eu on May 17, 2005 at 09:43 AM MDT #

Thanks to David Carter's suggestion, I found American Passport - and I think it's going to all work out. It was a bit spendy at $350, but I should have my new passport on my doorstep Thursday morning.

Posted by Matt Raible on May 17, 2005 at 10:01 AM MDT #

In Spain I got my passport in 5 minutes ;) Good luck!

Posted by Carlos Sanchez on May 17, 2005 at 04:00 PM MDT #

Glad I was able to help. With Google, anything is possible! I just found out today I'll be going to Brussels in about 10 days to help out with a traditional-J2EE project that's having some difficulties. Maybe it can benefit from some AppFuse/Spring/Hibernate framework lovin'. Now I just need to make sure my passport is still valid. . .

Posted by David Carter on May 17, 2005 at 07:02 PM MDT #

I can't beleive I checked back here to see if you got your passport in time.

Posted by Kim Pepper on May 19, 2005 at 04:23 PM MDT #

I am in the passport and visa expediting business. A Briggs (and others, including American Passport) can get passports and visas expediting in DC, NY, Boston, Philly, Houston, SF, LA, Chicago etc the SAME DAY if necessary. Dont loose a trip or a business opportunity because the govt says your screwed! You are through them, but we can help you all day long! It can get pricey the faster the service is required, but if you've spent $10,000 on a trip that you arent going on because a passport needs renewing...its not that much to spend! Call me at 704-841-1088 if we can help. Our 800 number and services can be found at our website. www.abriggs.com Tell them Marc (with a C) sent you! Happy Trails

Posted by marc gilland on January 14, 2006 at 04:15 PM MST #

hi my passport has expired 2 years ago and i now need it for a provisional licence form.can anyone tell me how much it will cost for me to get another one and how long it will take?by the way im in the uk

Posted by carmen on March 02, 2007 at 12:09 PM MST #

Hi guys, I am already ticketed for a flight leaving tomorrow from LA to London, it was an emergency booking done just today, as I found out my sister got very ill and I was the only family member able to visit. Problem is my passport expired Feb. 21, 10 days ago! I looked at all the expedite services but theres nothing I can use to get a renewed passport by tomorrow noon.... Is there any way I can perhaps call the airline and plead with them? I can provide original birth certificate and SS card. Let me know anything you can, thank you

Posted by Seb E. on March 03, 2007 at 10:46 PM MST #

hello my mane is marcia ...help plzzzzz...i have my visa expired in my passaport and the date is expired too? wot i need to do? can i change my date expired with new passaport????? heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp . thanks a lot

Posted by marcia on May 13, 2009 at 04:12 AM MDT #

i came to this country 10years ago. My passport is expired i am running out of time. my visa is about to expire on the 29th of june. What can i do? My passport is old. and its a costa rican passport.please help!!!!

Posted by karol22 on June 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM MDT #

My mother who is 80 yrs. old has just informed me that her visa is now expired (she had an extension of 1 yr). She is now considering applying for an emergency visa as her brother is very ill in Florida. She would like to know how soon after applying would she be able to get the visa renewed?

Posted by Deborah Elizabeth Georgia Elliott on August 25, 2009 at 11:53 AM MDT #

I forgot to mention that I am from Jamaica and so is my mother, so I don't know if procedures differ depending on the country you are from. (Re the comments I made prior to this for my mother to acquire an emergency visa)

Posted by Deborah Elizabeth Georgia Elliott on August 25, 2009 at 12:09 PM MDT #

I have not received an answer to my query.

Posted by Deborah Elizabeth Georgia Elliott on August 25, 2009 at 04:14 PM MDT #

Deborah - this is a blog and I'm a software developer. I'd suggest you google for a better authority on this subject.

Posted by Matt Raible on August 25, 2009 at 04:41 PM MDT #

Thanks Matt, I'll do just that.

Posted by Deborah Elizabeth Georgia Elliott on August 25, 2009 at 06:18 PM MDT #

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