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mother2_3
July 19th, 2009, 01:30 PM
I saw this on one post in one thread, but havent seen it on the official website. I'm nervous now. I am cruising 9/28 and am going for passport on Monday (with almost 10 weeks remaining). If they take my birth certificate for the application and I don't get my passport in time (even though I have 10 weeks- something may happen) then I have no passport AND no birth certificate. Did I misread the post or do the keep the birth certificate and mail it back to you?

thanks- sharon

livin_to_cruise
July 19th, 2009, 01:33 PM
They do take your birth certificate and mail it back to you. When we applied for our passports, we received them within 10 days.

suzbcruiser
July 19th, 2009, 01:33 PM
You send your birth certificate in with your Passport application and it will be sent back to you. Sometimes it will be sent back in the same envelope as your passport and sometimes it will be sent back separately.

Seechell
July 19th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Your birth certificate is mailed in with your application to the Passport Agency. The current time frame for return is about 4 weeks so there should not be a problem getting it back in 10 weeks. You also can get another copy of your birth certificate before then if you feel like you might need it.

Starfire_rules
July 19th, 2009, 01:37 PM
If you are really worried, get a certified copy of your birth certificate. Just in case. But you should get it back in plenty of time.

mom2tcdx2
July 19th, 2009, 01:42 PM
It is mailed in with the application and sometimes it is returned with the passpot and sometimes mailed separately back to you.

Nunu
July 19th, 2009, 01:48 PM
Up here I just go into the passport office with my forms and they look at the birth certificate and return it to you on the spot. The application is then sent out and the passport arrives within 2 weeks.

mrsbean1990
July 19th, 2009, 02:17 PM
10 weeks is plenty of time. My kids and I got ours back in four weeks. We applied at the beginning of this summer, which is probably one of the busiest time of year for passport processing.

mother2_3
July 19th, 2009, 02:43 PM
thanks for all the quick responses. i think i will do the passport ap monday and then if idont get either back by the first on sept, then i will send for an expedited birth certificate. i just freaked for a moment when i thought there was a possibility that i would be left with neither!

zqvol
July 19th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Up here I just go into the passport office with my forms and they look at the birth certificate and return it to you on the spot. The application is then sent out and the passport arrives within 2 weeks.

Doesn't work that way in the US. BC is taken and sent with the application and returned separately, usually within a week after getting the passport.

dmdiver
July 19th, 2009, 04:50 PM
We ordered a certified copy of our birth certificates to send in with the passport application just in case they were to get lost in the mail. That way we still had ours here at home. We figured better safe than sorry.

Trplnckl
July 19th, 2009, 06:30 PM
Has anyone ever used the US Post office for obtaining the passport?

mrsbean1990
July 19th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Has anyone ever used the US Post office for obtaining the passport?

We did. They took our BCs, and it took 4 weeks to get our passports.

xntric1
July 19th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Has anyone ever used the US Post office for obtaining the passport?

I did, last year about this time. We got BC back in one envelope and passports back in another ... in less than 2 weeks.

If my daughter doesn't hurry up and apply for hers, she will not be going on our early September cruise.

DragonMouse
July 19th, 2009, 06:53 PM
I did, last year about this time. We got BC back in one envelope and passports back in another ... in less than 2 weeks.

If my daughter doesn't hurry up and apply for hers, she will not be going on our early September cruise.

Closed loop cruises you don't need a passport only a birth certificate...HOWEVER if anything happens to you overseas (illness/injury or miss the boat)...you're hosed. I'd recommend to anyone to consider getting a passport and get it out of the way. I think eventually you'll need a passport for anything.

luvvp
July 19th, 2009, 07:27 PM
And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.

xntric1
July 19th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Closed loop cruises you don't need a passport only a birth certificate...HOWEVER if anything happens to you overseas (illness/injury or miss the boat)...you're hosed. I'd recommend to anyone to consider getting a passport and get it out of the way. I think eventually you'll need a passport for anything.


I know, but I am NOT telling her that!

Jsme
July 19th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Yes they do but you get it back with your passports.

Starfire_rules
July 19th, 2009, 08:37 PM
Although the closed loop cruises state you don't need that, many people have stated not all customs at the US port believe so. In one post the officer chided a returning cruiser for having just a BC. Not always the case I know but, just in case, get a passport anyhow. Everyone in our group are either about to go to the PO to get one or already have one.

fllady61
July 19th, 2009, 08:51 PM
I saw this on one post in one thread, but havent seen it on the official website. I'm nervous now. I am cruising 9/28 and am going for passport on Monday (with almost 10 weeks remaining). If they take my birth certificate for the application and I don't get my passport in time (even though I have 10 weeks- something may happen) then I have no passport AND no birth certificate. Did I misread the post or do the keep the birth certificate and mail it back to you?

thanks- sharon

They do take your BC.. but they send it back to you once the application has been run and your ppt has been made. However, make copies of them before you take them to the county clerks office to file for your ppts. this way in case something does happen and you don't get your ppt on time, you still have it.

Cougardave
July 19th, 2009, 11:57 PM
Also, for minor children both parents have to be there to sign when applying for a passport.

yogi2929
July 20th, 2009, 12:20 AM
And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.

My first passport was 15 years expired and under my maiden name (ie Jane Amy Doe) I was able to get my new passport under my married name without my marriage certificate. I do use my maiden name as my legal middle name (ie Jane Doe Smith).

zqvol
July 20th, 2009, 12:28 AM
They do take your BC.. but they send it back to you once the application has been run and your ppt has been made. However, make copies of them before you take them to the county clerks office to file for your ppts. this way in case something does happen and you don't get your ppt on time, you still have it.

The copies are worthless because they are not certified. Don't waste your money.

deepnite10
July 20th, 2009, 01:51 AM
the BC copy you ll need is the one with the raised stamp..

anyone that travel s..eventually your going to need a passport..and you ll be asking how you can get one quickly..there is not quick way to get one..most of us had to wait atleast a month..other s alot longer..

you can pay a extra fee to expedite a passport..my daughter needed one
in 2 week s for a last minute..we got her birth certificate and went to the
agency office in San Francisco..paid an extra $60 and and picked it up the next day..

rednose83
July 20th, 2009, 05:04 AM
And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.


Interesting. I didn't have to provide mine for the passport. I brought it but she said only my DL was needed because my married name was on it and you have to show marriage certificate there.

Deloresgardella
July 20th, 2009, 06:16 AM
My daughter applied for her passport at the post office, She didn't need her marriage license. They took her application and her BC. She got both back in about three weeks. But she divorced now so maybe that makes a difference.

HeidiHo
July 20th, 2009, 10:02 AM
thanks for all the quick responses. i think i will do the passport ap monday and then if idont get either back by the first on sept, then i will send for an expedited birth certificate. i just freaked for a moment when i thought there was a possibility that i would be left with neither!

Why not just send for the BC now. Why pay extra to expedite one. That's what I did for all of us before we applied for passports. It never hurts to have extra certified copies in case you ever need them. My husband always wanted to keep the BC's in the safe deposit box in the bank but I got tired of always having to go to the bank whenever we needed them so now that we have extra copies we keep one copy at the bank and one copy at home. If copies are ever misplaced or lost at least we know we have another copy.

And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.

I didn't have to have a copy of my marriage certificate to get my passport. Probably not a bad idea to have one tho just in case they ask for it.

dvan68
July 20th, 2009, 11:45 AM
And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.

I had to have my current passport revised to my married name, and had to send in the marriage certificate as well. I had to do the same thing for my social security card. Just a note to the newlyweds out there - you will need a new SS card for your taxes - unless you are keeping your maiden name. Our first year - the refund was held up until I got the new SS card to show we were married. We bought our house before we were married, and still the tax office uses my maiden name - I guess I would have to go to the courthouse to get it updated.

Apparently Carnival is not experienced in revised passports - all they do is type on the last page - This passport has been reivised to New Name. When I presented our passports - then pointed out the revision - it was ignored, and they changed my name ont he reservation back to my maiden name. Finally my old passport has expired, and my new one can be correct!!!

deepnite10
July 22nd, 2009, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by mother2_3 http://boards12.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=20434409#post20434409)
thanks for all the quick responses. i think i will do the passport ap monday and then if idont get either back by the first on sept, then i will send for an expedited birth certificate. i just freaked for a moment when i thought there was a possibility that i would be left with neither!

Why not just send for the BC now. Why pay extra to expedite one. That's what I did for all of us before we applied for passports. It never hurts to have extra certified copies in case you ever need them. My husband always wanted to keep the BC's in the safe deposit box in the bank but I got tired of always having to go to the bank whenever we needed them so now that we have extra copies we keep one copy at the bank and one copy at home. If copies are ever misplaced or lost at least we know we have another copy.

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Originally Posted by luvvp http://boards12.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=20438011#post20438011)
And................if you're married and this is the first time applying for a passport, (for the ladies), you'll need your wedding certificate unless you've kept your maiden name.

I thought the clerk at the post office was being alittle anal but I called U.S. passport services and she said this was the correct procedure.

I didn't have to have a copy of my marriage certificate to get my passport. Probably not a bad idea to have one tho just in case they ask for it.
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good advise..get your stuff together way ahead of time..there are going to be circumstances where your going to need a BC in the future whether its on a cruise or not..

in the mean time..it s a good idea to get a passport as well..you may never need it..but, it s probably the best form of ID..

ehfl
July 22nd, 2009, 10:59 PM
I requested a certified copy of my birth certificate, and sent that in. That way, I still had another copy with me in case I needed it.

WISH84
July 22nd, 2009, 11:32 PM
I saw this on one post in one thread, but havent seen it on the official website. I'm nervous now. I am cruising 9/28 and am going for passport on Monday (with almost 10 weeks remaining). If they take my birth certificate for the application and I don't get my passport in time (even though I have 10 weeks- something may happen) then I have no passport AND no birth certificate. Did I misread the post or do the keep the birth certificate and mail it back to you?

thanks- sharon

Normally I read through all the responses but not this time. The wife and thought we were so far ahead of the game when we went in and applied for our passports to have on a cruise we were taking in March. We didn't know they would keep the birth certificate so when they kept it we didn't think anything about it until we got home and I realized we didn't have a birth certificate for the cruise we were taking in TEN DAYS!!!!!

Needles to say we had to go reach out to our home states and pay the extra cost to have birth certificates mailed to us over night. That little "dohhhh" cost us over a $100!!!:eek::(

cruisin_happy
July 22nd, 2009, 11:51 PM
Also, for minor children both parents have to be there to sign when applying for a passport.

When I applied for my and son's passport, his father was not with us. They only required my certification signature, not both parents. This was just at the end of June.

cruiselover 43
July 22nd, 2009, 11:59 PM
My daughter got her passport within 3-4 weeks you should be fine 10 wks out-------------