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That was quick!
Just got the e-mail notification that my passport is on its way back to me. I obviously should have started the renewal process much earlier, but I'm glad it's going quickly. Of course, had I started it earlier, I could've popped up to visit Joost this past weekend, or could've run up to Montreal for last night's hockey game, for which a friend had a spare ticket.

I wonder what would've happened had I driven up with a printout of the scan I made of my old passport's photo and identification page before sending it in for the renewal, and a copy of the renewal application showing why I didn't have the real thing with me.

The process didn't get started earlier because I still had it in the back of my head that I had to renew my passport after the trip to Israel. Unfortunately, when the trip to Israel moved from October to April, that timeline didn't get updated in the back of my head.
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nighthellcat From: nighthellcat Date: March 10th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need a passport to get into Canada? Since when?
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 10th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need it to get back in to the US, at least. Not sure about getting in to Canada in the first place. Since June 1, 2009.

http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/passport_requirement.asp
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 10th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just 'discussing' this with someone yesterday. Good to know.
amicablebitch From: amicablebitch Date: March 10th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
i need to renew my passport, it expired last May. i just need to get the pictures taken and i can send it off, but for whatever reason i haven't gotten around to it.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 10th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm a champion procrastinator. What got me off my ass was the discovery that the Rite-Aid between home and work does passport photos in minutes, for $8.
amicablebitch From: amicablebitch Date: March 10th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah i've had them done at rite aid/CVS before, and both are around the corner from my house. however, once i went in and no one was working the photo area, and another time i went in, the lady took my picture but couldn't get the machine to work, so i just left. so i've tried twice and failed? it's discouraging.

i've looked at the online PDF with the picture instructions, and it would probably be easy enough for me to set it up in my house and take it, and then just resize it to meet requirements. but i'm a little scared something won't work out correctly. although i guess i shouldn't be too worried, since the picture they take at CVS is with just a point and shoot, using a flash, under bad lighting, and those still seem to be acceptable.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 10th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, I was also thinking, "Huh. I could do that," but considering I wasn't doing it, it was nice to discover Rite-Aid could. They have a pull-down shade to use as a background, and markings on the floor, and a funky-looking digital that they take the pictures with, then they do the usual photo print but onto ID-grade photo paper.

The local AAA office does passport photos, too, if you're not having much luck with the drug stores.

At the very least, if you try doing it yourself, you can post some of the outtakes for us to enjoy. ;-)
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 10th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

I need to
Step 1) Find my damn passport,
and
Step 2) Renew it.

Glad to know it won't take long _if_ I can find it. Thanks!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 10th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

There's an "I lost my old passport" checkbox for just such situations!
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 10th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

Oh thank GOD!
And thank you again!
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 10th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

Yeah, I had to use that. Basically, they ask what happened. I suppose if your excuse isn't good enough, they might call you and ask you about it, or something. But they just took mine no problem.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 10th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

"Voles stole it and smuggled it to some llamas in space."
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 10th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

"I have small children."
"Say no more."
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 10th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The back of the head is where the niggles are stored.

"I have small children that gave it to the voles, who sold it to the llamas. In space."

They are starting to move things around on me.
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