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Desperately in Need of Passport Help

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. [more inside]
posted by chaoticgood on Jun 29, 2014 - 34 answers

Road trip to Canada in three parts

The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jun 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Does my UK passport tell me how many people share my name?

The machine-readable code at the bottom of the id page of a UK passport (starting P<GBR) contains a name on one line, and on the second line a long string of numbers, lots of chevrons and then a two-digit number. My mum claims that this two-digit number indicates the number of people with the same name as me already registered as having a passport. This seems unlikely, but is there any truth in it? [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

USPS lost my passport. What now?

Somehow the USPS has lost my passport, which was mailed from NYC to Boston. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 3, 2014 - 14 answers

State ID/Passport Catch 22. Complicating factor: DUI

My boyfriend needs a passport and a state ID. This is in Louisiana. Due to a recent DUI he does not have in his possession a valid (unexpired) LA driver's license. What we have are his original birth certificate, expired Tennessee license, photocopy of valid LA license (with documentation of why he doesn't have the actual card), and current photo student ID, but it's complicated. [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Mar 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Using a passport card in the Caribbean

This spring, I'll be flying from the continental US to St. Thomas with my small kids to join my parents on their sailboat. I know that we don't need passports to fly into the US Virgin Islands, but that we would need them if we wanted to sail to the British Virgin Islands. My kids don't have passports yet. Because of the expense of a full passport, I am considering getting them passport cards instead. The government website suggests that this is one potential use case of the passport card, but I haven't read accounts of people doing it. I asked my parents what their fellow cruisers know, but didn't get much info. Have you done this? How was it?
posted by linettasky on Feb 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Very very old lost US passport - can an immigration lawyer help?

Technically I have dual Canadian/US citizenship as my father was a US citizen living in Canada when I was born. I had a passport in the mid-1980s as a small child, but it's long gone now. Who should I talk to about getting another one? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Help us get a passport so we can go to Mexico

My husband was born in the US and moved back to Canada as a baby with his Canadian parents. Apparently he received a proof of citizenship card when he was a teen but now it is lost. I understand that he will need this to apply for a Canadian passport. His sister is getting married in January in Mexico, where he will be in the wedding party. We have applied for the replacement citizenship card already about a month ago but have gotten no confirmation so far, and I just read on the website that it will take 6 months. This is not enough time to get it and the passport before mid January. Now we are panicked. Is there anything else we can do? Can he apply for an American passport instead in order to travel to Mexico? He has dual citizenship since he has an American birth certificate. Thanks
posted by photoexplorer on Sep 21, 2013 - 13 answers

US passport woes

Despite my best efforts I am running out of time to get my passport processed before travel at the end of this month (Aug 25). After run-ins with with multiple confused passport acceptance agents and many phone calls I am afraid this is an unknown-unknowns situation and I need help! Kafkaesque (ok maybe not quite) bureaucracy within: [more inside]
posted by velebita on Aug 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Forgot to apply for my Chinese visa, how screwed am I?

I am traveling to Shanghai for two weeks soon (Feb. 20th). In one of my finer moments, I completely forgot about the visa until this weekend. I have all the necessary documents but I need a visa ASAP and the embassy is closed on Monday and Tuesday. I'll be using a visa service since I really have no idea what I'm doing but is it possible to still get my passport back in time for my flight?
posted by Loto on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Temporary license + expired passport = OK to fly?

I'm flying next week. My only forms of photo ID are a temporary driver's license and an expired passport. Will the TSA accept these? If I have to go through additional screening, what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Traveling with a soon-to-expire Chinese passport to the States, will we get trouble?

Asking for friend: Chinese passport with US Visa expiring in less than six months, will we get trouble crossing the border from Canada to US for a trip? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

visa photographs in Cambridge MA

urgent: where in Cambridge MA can I get inexpensive instant passport-sized photos according to Canadian visa specifications? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

To stamp or not to stamp

US passport / stamp filter: What is the policy for stamping US passports upon arrival back in the US? I've had inconsistent experiences with this. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Passport issue

My husband needs a passport in less than two weeks. Help. [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith on Jan 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me certify a copy of my Brit passport in LA!

Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

"I believe I can flyyyyyy, I believe I can touch the sky," without a kid who looks just like me having identification. True?

Do very young children (she's 20 months) need--as in absolutely required, not simply 'discretionary,' 'recommended,' or 'helpful'--any sort of identification in order to board a domestic U.S. flight and fly in a parent's lap? [more inside]
posted by resurrexit on Aug 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Will the border patrol get pissy?

Will I have a problem crossing the US/Canadian border if I'm in the middle of a name change and my passport has my old name while my SSN card and driver's license have my new name? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Aug 30, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the damage?

I am fixing to renew my US passport, and want to know if I should mail it in, or if I have to renew it in person. I'm concerned about what level of damage is unacceptable to the U.S. State Department. [more inside]
posted by baniak on Aug 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What has you experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it?

What has your experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it? Wiki and word of mouth says previous citizens would be welcome...mostly... [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Jul 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Passport renewal during gov't shutdown?

Will my passport get renewed at the US Embassy in Tokyo even if the federal government shuts down? [more inside]
posted by ameca on Apr 8, 2011 - 4 answers

What companies/businesses do you know about that are reliable that will provide emergency replacement passports reliably?

Passport emergency - My sister's passport seems to have gotten lost in the mail, and she needs to get a new one immediately - like, within the next day, or on Saturday. What companies/businesses do you know about that are reliable that will do this service for her? [more inside]
posted by jabronimus on Feb 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Can the wrong emergency contact written in ink in a passport be crossed out?

Is this something I should call the State Department about or is it just a tempest in a teapot? I just got my renewed passport. In the back, where it plainly says to write in pencil, I wrote the wrong name in pen. I'm thinking I can't white it out (or whatever the 21st century equivalent is) because that would raise all sorts of red flags at customs. It would, right?? And what about just crossing out the wrong name and inserting the right one, in pencil, above? Anyone have any experience in this? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Quick renewal of a British passport

Is it easy to get a renewal of a British passport in one day? Looking for people with experiences and tips! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Dec 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Two Canadians and a tiny American crossing the border.

Do to a family medical emergency, my wife and I are probably going to be renting a car and driving from Philadelphia to Toronto tomorrow night. We are both Canadians living in the US on temporary NAFTA visas. Fun complication: Our daughter is four months old and is an American citizen with an American birth certificate. We haven't yet gotten her a passport or applied for her Canadian citizenship. Should we expect to have any difficulty crossing the border with her, in either direction? Is there anything we can get in the next 24 hours to make things go more smoothly?
posted by 256 on Jul 29, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I get an Israel passport?

How can I, a non-Israeli Jew, get an Israeli passport? [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Jul 10, 2010 - 4 answers

What's the absolute fastest way to renew a US passport?

What's the absolute fastest way to renew a US passport? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Jul 6, 2010 - 20 answers

What is this symbol on my new US passport?

What is this symbol on the front of my U.S. Passport? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on May 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Lines, lines, everywhere lines....

My (German) boyfriend and my(American) self will be going through passport control upon arrival in Chicago (O'Hare). Can we go through the same line? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Apr 7, 2010 - 19 answers

From NYC to Canada in less than a week

Is it possible to get a U.S. passport in less than a week? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on Mar 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Does a US passport number change upon renewal?

Will a renewed U.S. passport have the same ID number as the original? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Feb 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Gettin' Outta Dodge...

Hellllllp !No passports. Quick getaway to a sunny, quiet beach for a frazzled, stressed, tired 50's couple next week. [more inside]
posted by jara1953 on Dec 21, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I obtain a certified copy of my Canadian passport?

How do I obtain a certified copy of my Canadian passport? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Dec 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Honesty vs sentimentality: should I return my old, *old* passport.

UKPassportFilter: I have a passport from 1988 which has expired, but which I want to keep. Should I declare it on the form for my new passport application, or just keep quiet and hope it goes unnoticed? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish on Dec 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Do I try to fly home just for a funeral?

Should I try to overcome a series of practical obstacles so I can fly to the funeral of a longtime friend? Or just send regrets? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky on Oct 26, 2009 - 37 answers

Last minute advice for solo trip to Paris?

I'm heading off to Paris for four days, and I'm starting to get a bit nervous that I'll forget something important. I've never been to Paris, and I haven't been to Europe for fifteen years. I'll be staying by myself in a hotel in Arondissement 7. I'm wondering if you can help me out with any last-minute tips or things I'm likely to have forgotten. [more inside]
posted by cider on Oct 9, 2009 - 25 answers

I need a visa for China asap...am I screwed?

I messed up big time here...I have my passport and ticket ready to fly to China on September 15th. I do not have a visa. [more inside]
posted by dawson on Aug 19, 2009 - 26 answers

Can my wife travel with a passport under her maiden name?

Passport Question: My wife and I were married in May. All of her documents now reflect her name change, with the exception of her passport, which still bears her maiden name. Will we experience any difficulties at customs while traveling abroad in July? Will it be sufficient to come armed with our marriage certificate to prove she is who she claims to be? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Jun 22, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I relinquish my Brazilian citizenship?

How long will it take to relinquish my Brazilian citizenship? [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 on Apr 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Passport complications.

I have jumped on an opportunity to take a vacation on the sunny beaches of Australia (insert mixup of seasons joke here). I am leaving in three weeks, and staying for six. However, I have run into a problem: my American passport expires two weeks before I return (though after I leave). [more inside]
posted by alexei on Apr 7, 2009 - 19 answers

How to get back to the USA

My Irish friend's wife is a US citizen but has not yet obtained an American passport. She does have her citizenship papers. They will be traveling to Ireland (she has an Irish passport) and back to the US in April. Will she need a Visa or an American passport to return to the US?
posted by elle.jeezy on Mar 12, 2009 - 20 answers

When was my passport issued?

Could someone with a US Passport handy please help me with a quick question about the date of issue and expiration? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Mar 5, 2009 - 6 answers

How to travel to the US without a passport as a US citizen.

How do I travel from the UK to the US as a US citizen if I don't have a passport or a valid driver's license? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Nov 13, 2008 - 10 answers

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