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After signing up for a Travel.gov account, it takes about 2.5-3 weeks for the invite to be able to renew online.
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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #220 on: February 22, 2021, 10:58:41 PM »
Mailed in my application for a passport renewal today, from NJ to PA.
Paid $7.70 for priority mail with tracking number & insurance.
Will update when I get my new passport.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #221 on: February 22, 2021, 11:19:29 PM »
Went in on 1/27. Standard service.Signed up for the email alerts and they received my application on 2/19

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #222 on: February 28, 2021, 09:00:32 AM »
Went in on 1/27. Standard service.Signed up for the email alerts and they received my application on 2/19
got email that itís approved and I shud receive on or about 3/6

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #223 on: March 01, 2021, 10:44:21 PM »
Applied via mail- paid for tracking and expedited - on 1/21. They got the renewal on 1/23. still havenít cashed my check. No application found online. Signed up for email alerts but nothing yet. Should I call them tomorrow?

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #224 on: March 01, 2021, 10:48:36 PM »
got email that itís approved and I shud receive on or about 3/6
mailed out. Tracking as delivery by 3/4. So all in all 5 weeks from appointment to delivery. Standard service.  This was a renewal .

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #225 on: March 01, 2021, 10:51:22 PM »
mailed out. Tracking as delivery by 3/4. So all in all 5 weeks from appointment to delivery. Standard service.  This was a renewal .
That's pretty fast for the current situation.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #226 on: March 16, 2021, 06:28:42 PM »
Is it possible to make an appointment at the US embassy for a baby who hasnít been born yet? Iím worried that by the time the baby is born, it will be too hard to get an appointment before Sukkos. Has anyone ever done such a thing?

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #227 on: March 16, 2021, 06:38:24 PM »
Applied for passport for my toddler 2/17 at Ocean County Connection. Check was just deposited today and status updates to processing.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #228 on: March 19, 2021, 05:37:48 PM »
Went in today, very smooth. Let's see if it actually takes 6 weeks

Welp. That took a long time. Just came today.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #229 on: March 23, 2021, 05:33:45 PM »
Have an appointment available tomorrow in NYC.
Pm if interested
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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #230 on: April 01, 2021, 12:03:08 PM »
Someone I know applied 2 months ago & just received a letter that both the photo and one form of ID wasn't good.
What's really strange is that the application was done entirely through the post office & they photographed the person and said all the IDs were ok.
Of course, the check was already cashed & the post office (Jackson, NJ) doesn't answer their phones.
Is this normal?
Should he just go down to the post office or schedule a new appointment?
Will the person have to pay the post office for new photos?

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #231 on: April 01, 2021, 02:23:10 PM »
Applied for passport for my toddler 2/17 at Ocean County Connection. Check was just deposited today and status updates to processing.
So about a month to be entered in system

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #232 on: April 01, 2021, 02:23:36 PM »
Someone I know applied 2 months ago & just received a letter that both the photo and one form of ID wasn't good.
What's really strange is that the application was done entirely through the post office & they photographed the person and said all the IDs were ok.
Of course, the check was already cashed & the post office (Jackson, NJ) doesn't answer their phones.
Is this normal?
Should he just go down to the post office or schedule a new appointment?
Will the person have to pay the post office for new photos?
State dept said a new in person application has to be done?

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #233 on: April 01, 2021, 02:24:26 PM »


the post office (Jackson, NJ) doesn't answer their phones.
Is this normal?

PO not answering phones is very normal. That's why I avoid the PO with any passport matters

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #234 on: April 01, 2021, 02:46:29 PM »
So about a month to be entered in system

Same experience, took a month. The status tracker says to call if it's not showing up in the system after 2 weeks, which made me nervous, but it showed up after 4 weeks without calling. Things can be randomly slow I guess. The actual approval and shipping of the passports happened less than a week later. This was for in-person appointments. My renewal by mail experience took 3 weeks to show up in the system, and then 12 weeks(!) before any change in status.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #235 on: April 01, 2021, 03:39:43 PM »
State dept said a new in person application has to be done?
No, they said to mail in new photos and ID.
The person (rightly) feels that after paying the PO for the photos, they should get new photos for free.
The person has no other ID beside what was sent in already, which the PO said was acceptable. (The issue is a student ID card issued by a Yeshiva.)

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #236 on: April 01, 2021, 03:47:10 PM »
No, they said to mail in new photos and ID.
The person (rightly) feels that after paying the PO for the photos, they should get new photos for free.
The person has no other ID beside what was sent in already, which the PO said was acceptable. (The issue is a student ID card issued by a Yeshiva.)
Not sure why people pay for photos.....
Did he sent in his birth certificate?

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #237 on: April 01, 2021, 03:55:17 PM »
Not sure why people pay for photos.....
How else? Take it yourself? If even the PO can mess up, it's really risky to do it yourself.
Did he sent in his birth certificate?
I believe not. An old passport (when he was a child) was sent in.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #238 on: April 01, 2021, 04:04:46 PM »
How else? Take it yourself? If even the PO can mess up, it's really risky to do it yourself.I believe not. An old passport (when he was a child) was sent in.
Take picture yourself, use free online (or app) utility to get the right size and everything in place. Use paint / photoshop if needed to fix background.
Print in pharmacy for 30-40 cents.

PO doesnít care about you if they mess up (although they may give you another free print if you ask). When you print it yourself you make sure everything meets the official criteria before submitting.

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Re: Passport applications and Passport Renewal
« Reply #239 on: April 01, 2021, 04:07:15 PM »


How else? Take it yourself? If even the PO can mess up, it's really risky to do it yourself.

I do my pictures myself (technically I have someone take the picture from me as selfies are not allowed)
you see the worst case if they rejected you can always mail another one

but I never understood the highway robbery of paying $10/15 for such a picture