A group of us have rented a villa in Costa Rica for a week, leaving the US on Sept 11 & returning on the 20th. My passport expired back in March, so in June I renewed it by mail after being assured by many friends & relatives that it is an easy, reliable way to go.
Everything was mailed with signature service, so I know it was received on July 3rd. The check was cashed on the 5th. Standard routine processing times are 4-6 weeks. So what's the issue?
It's been 9 weeks since they received my application. I leave in 12 days. And still no passport. Kinda starting to freak out here!!!
Naturally, the passport agents that I've called/emailed (daily for the last 2 weeks now) can't tell me anything other than it's "in process"-- no explanation for the delay, no advice as to what I should do, just that it's still being processed.
Here's what I submitted:
-application fee (standard processing),
-passport photo adhered as instructed, and
-notarized copy of my marriage license to document my name change (I believe I also mailed a copy of my driver's license and SS card, just to be sure).
What do I do?!? At this rate I don't feel like I can count on them to get my passport to me in time. I'm really starting to think I need to tell my husband & friends that I can't go, which makes me cry even having such a thought. I do have an appt with the emergency passport office on Sept. 6th (the last weekday I have off before my trip) which I will go to if necessary, hoping it will only take one day (I cannot take any more time off work). But then I wonder: will they charge me another $140?? Will I end up with 2 passports??
I'm really freaking out right now, any advice/suggestions would be very much appreciated!