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Passport renewal processing time in November? Passport card?

Passport renewal processing time in November? Passport card?

Old Nov 9th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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Passport renewal processing time in November? Passport card?

I I have been vascillating on whether to take a Caribbean cruise in the second week of December, due to tentative plans & invitations. Think I have arranged my schedule so I can go 12/9 - 12/17. I just realized that when I didn't take one last year, I also didn't renew my passport. Of course, I have to renew it anyway. But now I would really have to run get a photo done tomorrow, print the ap and get it sent on Sat. if I expect to go anywhere in 2012.

How long do you think it will take to get a renewal for my passport in November? The passport website says 4-6 weeks, people on Fodors reported getting it in 2 weeks in mid-October via regular ground mail. I will be paying for a trackable 8 x 10 envelope anyway. Should I send it 2 day/overnight,? pay the passport ap $60 expedite fee, and/or $12 Overnight return? Do I need the expedited services? Did I cut it too close?

Also does anybody get the Passport Card?

Thanks as always for your feedback.
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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 03:05 AM
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No one can give you any guarantees but lately the renewal has been pretty quick with an average turnaround time of 2 to 3 weeks. At this late date (you have less than a month) I'd pay extra for expedited service and get your passport back in a much shorter time - why take the risk and have to cancel your vacation because you didn't get your passport back "in time"? You know what they say about Murphy's Law - if something can go wrong, it will.
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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 04:22 AM
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thanks Roams.
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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 04:29 AM
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I agree. I got mine back in two weeks but there are no guarantees.
I wouldn't waste money on the passport card unless you are never going to fly out of the US again.
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Old Nov 10th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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I got the passport card, and, carry it as ID when I'm outside the US.
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Old Nov 13th, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Passport card doesn't work for all countried, double-check if it's OK for Caribbean, also you cannot fly with it, it's only for land crossing.
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