Man Bites Dog: Passport Success Stories!
Have you delayed or canceled your travel plans for this summer because you don't have a passport and thought it was hopeless to apply for one at this point? Brace yourself: The formerly beleaguered Passport Office really seems to have turned things around.
We've published plenty of items about the months-long waits travelers have endured this spring and summer when applying for passports. But in recent weeks, positive stories have been trickling in to our office from folks reporting that they've received their passports within two or three weeks after applying. You heard that right.
Just yesterday we got two calls from applicants who said they were astonished at the quick results and the quality of the help they received. One guy, who was all set to leave for London this weekend for a three-week trip, just happened to check his well-worn passport and discovered -- d'oh! -- that it was going to expire mid-trip. He braced himself for a big runaround, but called State's toll-free number and within minutes had an appointment at the 19th Street office and a guarantee that he'd have his new passport within four hours.
Another guy said he sent his application in two weeks ago, months ahead of his planned October trip to Europe. Now, two weeks to the day later, his new passport was just delivered to his door. He hadn't paid for any special treatment, and said he could only imagine how fast he would have received the thing if he'd paid the expediting fee.
Any other success stories out there? Or are these stories just flukes?
By K.C. Summers |
August 1, 2007; 9:30 AM ET
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