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fast passports!?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by silentstranger, Jul 27, 2003.


  1. The good news: my band is going on a brief tour of Europe in September.

    The bad news: I don't have a passport. I'm told they take between 4-8 weeks to get via normal means, and I don't have that long. One of my bandmates found an online source that can get them more quickly, but it costs something like $220 :mad: I'll be damned if I'm gonna pay that much money for a little #%&#@$ book with my picture in it (and if anyone has ANY idea why it should take that long to get one in the first place, feel free to explain...), so here's the question I pose to all of you worldly travelers:

    Does anyone know a cheaper way to get a passport in less than a month or so?

    I will love you forever (or any equivalent you prefer) if you can help me out.
     
  2. There has to be a different way because my friend didnt have his, then 2 weeks later he was in japan! But problem is...I dont know how, so no love for me :/
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Come to the Chicago State Department office - they'll do it for you same day if you get there before 10AM. Make sure you have all the paperwork you need before you get here!
     
  4. Hm, that's quite a drive, but an 8-10 hour round trip is still better than $220! Any idea how much the passport actually costs once I'm at the office?
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    It's still not cheap - see http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html . You may want to call the Chicago office, because i don't remember paying an expedite fee when I walked in - I think that fee may only be for mailed in requests.

    Let me think about that one for awhile... ;) :D
     
  6. I'd go with the one in Chicago even if it requires driving there and might be about the same price because you KNOW for sure it's not a scam and you can get it fast.
     

  7. Too risky...could get killed :/
     
  8. so just send nbp to scout it out first :ninja:
     

  9. yeah...they know me and my bro well over there...specially in the porno section...err...um...nvm...u all know too much now!
     
  10. Just figured I'd post an update on this issue in case anyone ever decides to search for it or whatever. I got my passport with plenty of time to spare, for less money than I expected (although still a lot!!), and I didn't have to bother with any online crap. The best place to go turned out to be my local Post Office :eek: I just went in with my e-ticket, photo, various IDs and two checks, paid for the fastest expediting they could offer, and that was it. I don't remember the exact cost, it was somewhere around $175 total. They said it would take up to 10 business days, but I got it faster, barely over a week I believe.

    So that's it; the Chicago office is definitely the way to go if you're close and/or in a huge hurry, but when it's a five-hour drive, the post office works if you've got the time. Speaking of time, 17 hours till I leave for the UK...:D
     
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Have a good trip!
     
  12. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Moral of the story:

    No passport, you're stuck here.

    Even going into Canada or Mexico, you may be asked for 'Proof of Citizenship' when you return.
    A drivers license in not such proof. A birth certificate, or Passport, is.

    Get it now. Don't wait. Keep it valid.

    Never know when you need to make a quick getaway ...

    Thor