Desperately in Need of Passport Help
June 29, 2014 12:45 PM Subscribe
My family has a flight at 6:30 tomorrow morning to Montreal. I realized a couple hours ago that my sixteen-year-old daughter's passport is over a year expired. Any advice for me on what to do with this situation? We are flying from Louisville, via Chicago.
posted by chaoticgood to Travel & Transportation (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Because it is a Sunday, I haven't been able to talk to a person asking what to do. I read online that one can go to a regional passport office in person and try to get it expedited. However I'm unclear if the passport offices here are even able to do that (information seemed contradictory), and if they are, they don't open until long after our flight leaves.
My husband is very optimistic and says "Of course they'll let us go! She's a minor, traveling with both her parents, both holding valid passports. And we're just going to Canada!" I'm less optimistic.
Should we call attention to this issue in Louisville, or should we wait until we get to Chicago? It was my understanding that we will have our documents checked in order to board the departing international flight. Is there a chance that they will just wave us by, or are we only going to end up renting a car in Chicago to drive us back to Louisville? If by some miracle we are allowed to board and fly to Montreal, will we be able to get back into the US on the same passport?
The reason for the trip is my daughter is supposed to compete at the North American Nationals of Irish Dance. She is scheduled to compete Wednesday morning. I knew travel to Canada required a passport, and we all three have them. What I didn't realize was that the children's version only lasts five years. I feel absolutely ill about this. She has worked so hard and is so excited to compete at her first Nationals, and now this. Any advice or personal experience is greatly appreciated.