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    Passport woes

    Don't know if anyone has any experience with passport difficulties... But looking for some advice. My husband and I both applied for our passports in mid February (our trip is supposed to begin June 17th). I received mine with no issues. However, my husband received a letter requesting 5 forms of identification that must be 5 years or older because they say that his identification is insufficient. I assume this is because he listed no father on the application form, as he does not know who his father is and no father is listed on his birth certificate. We sent his ID, CA issued 3 years ago and actually got a new birth certificate as he had the old short version prior. We sent as many things as we could find, however, do to moving to California from Ohio 5 years ago (what timing..) we were scraping to find things. If his application is denied, is there any way we could go to an expidited government passport agency? We're really at a loss and at the mercy of the passport gods at this point. Any answers would be greatly appreciated!

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    Since Passports are a Federal issue, I would strongly suggest you contact your Congressperson so they can help with the hardship.

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    I do not think it is an issue with the birth certificate. My birth certificate does not list my father as well and I did not have any issues getting my passport. My family and I applied in January/February of 2011 for our June 2011 trip and we received them about 4 weeks (did not request for expedited service). As the previous post suggested contact your Congressman to get some help. Remember you are dealing with the government and you were the "lucky" one they chose to jump through the hoops and red tape. Good luck.

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    I have a passport question... I forgot to renew my passport as I had originally planned. My passport expires 7/30/13 --- I know some countries give a problem traveling with a passport that is expiring soon. Will I have an issue 6/29/13 - 7/6/13.. At this point I rather not renew now unless I HAVE to. I was planning on renewing right after this coming trip so I have a fresh passport for December. Anyone know Aruba's policy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    I have a passport question... I forgot to renew my passport as I had originally planned. My passport expires 7/30/13 --- I know some countries give a problem traveling with a passport that is expiring soon. Will I have an issue 6/29/13 - 7/6/13.. At this point I rather not renew now unless I HAVE to. I was planning on renewing right after this coming trip so I have a fresh passport for December. Anyone know Aruba's policy?
    The way it is written, you will not have a problem. I renewed my passport in March and from the day I mailed the old passport back, I had the new passport in my hands exactly 3 weeks later.

    Aruba Entry Requirements http://www.aruba.com/sigma/Entry_Req-Eng.pdf

    Upon arrival in Aruba a tourist must have:
    − a passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of stay in Aruba.
    If the tourist holds a passport from a visa required country (list A), he must have a valid visa sticker in his passport;
    − a completely filled-in and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card);
    − a valid return- or onward ticket;
    − the necessary documents for returning to the country of origin or to a country that he has the right to enter, for example a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent), a re-entry permit or a (entry) visa; [For example, a green card]
    − if so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer that he has a valid reservation for an accommodation in Aruba (e.g. hotel or apartment) or that he owns property in Aruba (a residence, condominium, apartment, timeshare apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters measured on the water line);
    − if so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer to dispose of adequate financial means to provide for hotel expenses (if applicable) and living expenses during his stay or that he has a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of Aruba.

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    Thanks Lisa - It was bothering me. Totally slipped my mind until this week. I will renew after my trip.
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    I too like Lisa's response. Also, I appreciate your pro-active strategy (better to be safe than sorry). But like she stated, an expiration is there for a reason, therefore that is your protection. Reminds me, several years ago my passport was ragged (from being accidentally washed in my pants) and U.S. customs wasn't going to let me go.......fearful Aruba would not accept the passport. I said trust me, Aruba officials have always been accommodating. Anyway, enjoy your trip and report back your experience.

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    We traveled to Aruba at the end of February and returned March 9th. Our passports expired March 12th. The US customs guy looked at our passports, looked at his watch (for the date) and looked at us without saying anything. We just said, "we know". But there was no problem. Renewing 3 months before expiration is really the way to go, I just didn't think about it until a month before we were going and I didn't want to take a chance that we wouldn't get it in time.

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    I too renewed ours a few months early last year before our trip just to be safe and one less thing to worry about. I hope it all works out for you, Good Luck!

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    SInce no one replied to your question directly.

    I applied for my Passport Friday 26th April and I am travelling to Aruba on the 1st June. I selected Expedited Processing which is expected to be done in 2-3 weeks door to door.

    I checkd the travel.state.gov website and you can appear at your local passport processing facility in person if you have two weeks left and dont have the passport. I believe they will issue a interim travel document. Take all possible forms of identification and copies with pictures along with a copy of your travel itinerary. I believe they will give you something in the interim.


    UPDATE: Received my Passport in one week flat, expedited processing w overnight delivery.
    Last edited by aruba2099; 05-08-2013 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Update

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