Now that the government has decided you need a passport for nearly every damn thing, that has screwed me over. The NPIC seems to be overwhelmed past the point of reason. They don't even pick up their phone 30 minutes from midnight (1-877-487-2778 - Go ahead. Try to get a live person by midnight. Try tomorrow, even, during the day. No answer, not once).
The passport I was supposed to have by last week at the latest is now going to arrive 7 days after my scheduled trip! On top of that, they spelled my last name wrong , as I found out my passport would be late by misspelling my last name in their lookup form! Needless to say, I'm pretty ticked. I really don't want to drive to one of 13 agencies around the US in another state for an emergency passport.
Here is what that look up form told me (since I had time to misspell my name 50 times while going through their phone queue:
"Thank you for submitting your passport application!
Your passport application locator number is [removed from post].
Your application is still being processed, but the timesframe for issuing your passport has increased due to workload. When you applied, you requested Routine Service and Routine Delivery of your passport. Passport Agencies use Priority Mail. This means you should receive your passport within 10 weeks from the date you applied. Depending upon how the facility where you applied forwarded your application, you should receive your passport on or about 04/08/2007.
If your travel plans change and you need your passport sooner, please contact the National Passport Information Center"
Please keep in mind I applied 6 weeks ago. USPS Postal employees assured me I wouldn't need to rush it.
I'm supposed to fly out to Amsterdam in 7 days (on the 20th). This is a birthday trip on a non-refundable ticket to Europe.
Maybe I should submit this to Digg? Ergh.
Send any contacts, leads, tips, laughs while fingerpointing to: ( needapassport @ gmail.com )
- Passport Woes May Keep Me From Flying to Europe for My Birthday