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Is there a difference in the US between passport and ID?


Yes, there is. Passport allows us to cross borders with other countries. ID could be anything from a driver's license to a state ID card (similar in size to a driver's license without the driving priviledges) to a student / military ID card, etc.

There are lots of definitions of what "ID" means in the States. Passport is just one of them.

EDIT: And there is no law (federal at least) that requires us to have our ID on us all the time. Most states I've lived in don't have that law either. It's just darned inconvienent to not have ID at hand when someone requests it in order to do business (mortgage, credit card use, drinking, etc.).


Ah, that explains why they ask "can I see some ID?" in the movies.




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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 7:37 AM


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


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Is there a difference in the US between passport and ID?


Yes, there is. Passport allows us to cross borders with other countries. ID could be anything from a driver's license to a state ID card (similar in size to a driver's license without the driving priviledges) to a student / military ID card, etc.

There are lots of definitions of what "ID" means in the States. Passport is just one of them.

EDIT: And there is no law (federal at least) that requires us to have our ID on us all the time. Most states I've lived in don't have that law either. It's just darned inconvienent to not have ID at hand when someone requests it in order to do business (mortgage, credit card use, drinking, etc.).


Ah, that explains why they ask "can I see some ID?" in the movies.


It is actually kind of funny in the US. For things like travel or other more official things you hear "some ID". When making a credit card purchase or age verification at a bar you generally hear "your ID", which I suspect is probably more common in Europe.


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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 7:54 AM


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


A couple years ago, I had to get one to go to China.
The expedited passport took 4 days, and the rest of approval for China took about a week.
Depends on who is pushing, and how many $ grease the wheels.
You may want to pop the extra $30 or so for the hard card for Canada / Mexico.

Also if you have a center in your city (which I did), check with them.
My daughter and spouse got theirs on a free day, no appt needed, and seemed much faster than the normal process.
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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


And the picture might be best to just go to something like CVS.
The format is pretty specific, and it's worth the $10 to make sure that is right.
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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 8:07 AM


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


And the picture might be best to just go to something like CVS.
The format is pretty specific, and it's worth the $10 to make sure that is right.


I suggest having the photo made at the post office. Most locations that process passport apps can do the photo also. That way, you can be more confident that the photo meets spec.


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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 8:10 AM


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


A couple years ago, I had to get one to go to China.
The expedited passport took 4 days, and the rest of approval for China took about a week.
Depends on who is pushing, and how many $ grease the wheels.
You may want to pop the extra $30 or so for the hard card for Canada / Mexico.

Also if you have a center in your city (which I did), check with them.
My daughter and spouse got theirs on a free day, no appt needed, and seemed much faster than the normal process.


There is no center in Kansas City. I would have to go to Dallas, Chicago, or Aurora CO. I guess I could go visit Steve at the ranch.

I looked at the passport but it is not eligible for international air travel and I can't drive from Kansas City to Newfoundland. The city we are going to is St. John's which is on the island.

Fortunately I am not in a huge rush.


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


And the picture might be best to just go to something like CVS.
The format is pretty specific, and it's worth the $10 to make sure that is right.


I suggest having the photo made at the post office. Most locations that process passport apps can do the photo also. That way, you can be more confident that the photo meets spec.


Good ideas about the photo. Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about just doing it myself but am having second thoughts since you both mentioned this.


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I renewed my passport last year. There still was expedited service, but I didn't choose it. Got mine in under 4 weeks.


I am not doing the expedited service either. I think I have all the paperwork collected and will submit it tomorrow. We will see how long it takes. I should be fine with the predicted 6-8 weeks but many people I have talked to have experience closer to 4 weeks.


And the picture might be best to just go to something like CVS.
The format is pretty specific, and it's worth the $10 to make sure that is right.


I suggest having the photo made at the post office. Most locations that process passport apps can do the photo also. That way, you can be more confident that the photo meets spec.


Good ideas about the photo. Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about just doing it myself but am having second thoughts since you both mentioned this.


I'll third getting the photo taken somewhere, rather than doing it yourself, but I'll say just get it done at the post office (which is where you'll likely be dropping off the passport application anyways.)

When the wife and I got ours so we could go to Jamaica, we had the photos done at the local drug store. Well, either the guy taking the photos wasn't very good, was new, or just didn't care. The person at the post office said they couldn't use them, as parts of my head and hers were cut off...

As for the "hard card," we're in Michigan and also got the enhanced drivers licenses, which allow surface travel to other countries (basically, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas by boat) which is handy as we go into Toronto every so often for a weekend. Easier and less to worry about then dragging our passports along...
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Costco does a pretty good job with the passport photos. I'm sure Sam's club does too.

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