One Passport, Please

We’ve been talking a lot about passport problems that last few weeks. Lines, lines, and oh, some more lines.

I work at19th and L, just around the corner from our friendly regional passport office, so I see the line first hand almost every day – but it’s especially painful to watch the line on Fridays, when I think some believe the line will be shorter. Or, maybe it’s easier to take off a few hours to stand in line on a Friday. That’s what I planned to do… until I did a little research on where I could get my passport taken care of.

See, if you’re like me, you have a passport but let it expire, but then still thought you were in the clear for a new one by mail. Oh no, no you aren’t – not if you got your first passport prior to age 16, which I did. So, while it was only a little expired, I had to go in person because of the age issue.

So I looked here to see where else I might be able to get this thing taken care of. This last Saturday I got to my local post office just after 9 a.m., stood in line behind one couple waiting to do their infant’s passport, gave the nice woman helping me all my materials, and was on my way and back in my car by 9:20 a.m.

Please, help yourself and others – if you can get somewhere besides the DC regional office, go. It will take less time, and save time for those whose needs require them to go to the regional office. Plus, it’s gross and sweaty and hot out there. Post Offices have A/C. I’m just saying.

7 Comments so far

  1. Sten (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    It’s so easy to ask the congressional rep for a letter to expedite your passport. They’ll do it for you at the Special Issuance Agency and have it done w/in two days.

  2. Don (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    But please don’t unless you’re really in a hurry!

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    Or you could just go to the Passport Agency on Wednesdays. The passport office line is mighty short today.

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Agreed – looks much shorter today. But still a whole lot longer than the 1 request I was standing behind on a Saturday.

  5. Wayan (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    Well did you get yours the same or next day? Or do you know when you’ll get your passport back? The people int he line want to make sure they get it in time for trips – most had to be traveling within 3 days.

    I went with an expediter because I have to fly for work & soon & while not cheap ($150) it was same day and I didn’t even have to leave my desk.

  6. valerie (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

    I would like to point out the very offence ad posted in your paper on 06/27/2007 that states the following “(Not Your Token Blackberry!)” then there is a picture of four blackberry’s three white and one black! It may be said I’m too sensitive, then yes I am. Being of african descent, I find it highly offensive and want an apology from simply wireless. My morning was going well until I opened your paper and saw this!

  7. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Valerie – I can see how you would find that distasteful. However, we do not have a print edition of the DC Metroblog. Could it have been in the Express or another newspaper?

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