Passport Headaches

So my wife and I are going to Puerto Aventuras on April 15 for a much needed 6 night all inclusive vacation away from the kids. We are staying at the Catalina Riveria Maya. Anyways because of the new passport regulations we have to have one or we blow our money. The trip is 8 weeks and 3 days away as of yesterday when I go to get our passports. I’m told by the clerk of courts in Clermont County that it’ll take 6-8 weeks to get our passports, talk about cutting it close. You can have it expedited but I decline. I ended up sending an email to the Department of State making sure I’ll get it on time. The response I get is below:

Applications are normally completed within six to eight weeks. Due to the high volume of applications this may take longer. If you need your passport sooner and did not expedite at the time of application, please call the toll free number listed below. The additional fee is $60 and can be paid by credit card over the phone.
Please re-submit periodically for a status check by completing the status form at our website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/about/npic/npic_896.html

Now I’m worried, I’m going to wait until March 7 to get it expedited.

I’m totally for homeland security and such but this thing is going to hit my wallet:

  1. $97 x 2 for regular passport
  2. $60 x 2 for expediting
  3. = $314.00 to be able to leave my country and return.

For a taxpaying citizen like myself shouldn’t this be included?

And exactly what does a Passport tell us? An official birth certificate (which in some states anyone can obtain for anyone) has the same name of a drivers license. I sure hope the department of State has other measures of verifying other data on the application.

Tim

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10 thoughts on “Passport Headaches

  1. TheFederalist says:

    I applied for my passport recently as well, and yes, it was more than I expected, but it’s not just a piece of paper. Modern passports have electronics within, and it’s a really high-quality piece of official U.S. identification. They are valid for 10 years I think, so you don’t have to spend the money often. Taxes are for necessities, and shouldn’t cover passports. It would’ve cost much less had you planned ahead of time.

    A real rip off is vehicle registration every year. bull.

  2. Tim says:

    I don’t think all passports have RFID in them yet. I did plan ahead 2 months and 3 days, but that isn’t enough. They are good for 10 years, but I do believe the rates have gone up considerably in the last 5 years…

  3. rhonda says:

    THE POINT SHOULD BE MADE THAT REGARDLESS IF YOU PAY A PREMIUM OR NOT YOUR PASSPORT SHOULD BE DELIVERED WITHIN SIX WEEKS. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE IDEA THAT IF YOU PAY MORE
    YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WANT…FASTER.

    RJU

  4. rhonda says:

    BACK ON THE SOAPBOX….IN ADDITION THE FEDERAL MANDATED I-9
    FORM FOR EMPLOYMENT PAPERWORK REQUIRES TWO FORMS OF ID.
    THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GET US BACK WHERE WE BELONG. I
    THINK SOMEONE IS MAKING BIG MONEY ON THIS.

    RJU

  5. Tim says:

    #3,4 – Amen

  6. Susan says:

    But an I-9 really doesn’t prove identity or eligibility to work in the
    States. There is no way that every employer knows whether the
    social security card or drivers license they provide is valid unless they call the
    Social Security Administration, which I guarantee 99% of employers
    in the U.S. do not. They take it as face value. So here goes my
    debate, I think everyone should be required to have a passport. At
    least the government would then be responsible in making sure, if you
    are legal or not.

  7. Susan says:

    Here is another thing to point out, if you are traveling by ship from the
    U.S. into another country, you are not required to have a passport. Interesting dynamics!

  8. Luis says:

    I’m in the same situation. What number did they give you? Was it the one nobody is picking up? 1-877-487-2778 ?

    They did NOT answer that all day yesterday. I’m supposed to fly out on the 20th and the USPS has my birth certificate! I really am in a crisis, and am debating on buying a 2nd birth certificate + driving to New Orleans + skipping an unpaid day of work!

    God, please let me know they gave you a different number. Email me it.

    Luis

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