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#1 rodent

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    Posted 20 January 2008 - 06:08 PM

    My grandma has already booked her trip, but she does have the insurance through funjet (the version that costs $89). She was born at home and did no get a birth certificate until she was 17 so it's considered deleyed. She does have a school record that she used to file for social security. Also, her birth certificate is not the official kind you need for a passport. I applied for an official one over 20 days ago & haven't heard anything yet.

    Has anyone delt with a difficult passport to obtain? We have 5 months, but I'm still worried she won't be able to get a passport. Any ideas what I should be doing?

    Update: The birth certificate came in, just a little late. Probably because of all the holidays. She applied for her passport right after her birth certificate came in & it showed up in two weeks!!!


    So if someone runs into a similar problem, contact their former school & get school records. That is all you need. There are some other options too. I'm just so happy their wasn't any deley!!! Watch out Mexico, my grandma is coming!!

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      Posted 20 January 2008 - 06:37 PM

      I would try calling the passport office and the state and check the progress. You don't want her paperwork sitting on someone's desk who is on vacation! Then be prepared to have the actual passport expedited. It will be worth the extra money to know for sure you get it!

      #3 Martha

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        Posted 20 January 2008 - 06:40 PM

        So she hasn't applied yet because you are waiting on an official birth certificate, right?


        What state is it coming from? It took 17 days after the state of California rec'd my payment.

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          Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:10 PM

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          So she hasn't applied yet because you are waiting on an official birth certificate, right?


          What state is it coming from? It took 17 days after the state of California rec'd my payment.
          yeah, right now we are waiting on the birth certificate. I'll call tuesday. It's coming from Texas. Mine only took a week. It said it could take 15-18 days. With the holidays I'm not surprised it's taking longer. I also need to see if it said business days.

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            Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:13 PM

            OK this is what it says:
            The processing time for most orders is 10-15 state business days. Delivery timeframes after the order is processed depend on the type of shipping selected.

            So Its OK we haven't got it yet. I was just worried there was a problem, like the state wouldn't be able to send it to us. I'll call anyway. So if we get it within a month, we have over 4 months for it to come in. I do think we are safe as long as everything works. How much extra is it to expedite it?

            #6 Martha

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              Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:21 PM

              That's good news!


              I ordered my passport the Monday before Thanksgiving and got it 3 weeks later....I think you will be fine w/o expedited! We are ordering my FI's the second week of Feb. because that is when he will be home from work (he is in Alaska right now) and I am sure it will get here in plenty of time.

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                Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:33 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Just Martha
                That's good news!


                I ordered my passport the Monday before Thanksgiving and got it 3 weeks later....I think you will be fine w/o expedited! We are ordering my FI's the second week of Feb. because that is when he will be home from work (he is in Alaska right now) and I am sure it will get here in plenty of time.
                I just hope there are no problems with the delayed birth certificate. They don't accept them like regular birth certificates. You have to have another form of ID for age. The only one she has are the school records. I hope they are good enough.

                This is what the passport agency says about delayed birth certificates:

                A Delayed Birth Certificate filed more than one year after your birth may be acceptable if it:

                Listed the documentation used to create it and
                Signed by the attending physician or midwife, or, lists an affidavit signed by the parents, or shows early public records.


                I don't know what "Listed the documentation used to create it" means. I also don't think it's signed by anyone. So the next thing we are trying are the early public records, which are her school records. And I also don't understand if we use the little white birth certificate she has, or if we try to get the green long form style. I don't know if they make those for delayed BCs.

                #8 LisaG

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                  Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:35 PM

                  I had the same issue w/ my dad. He was born at home and never had a birth cert. I filed for a delayed one. They also needed a affidavid (sp?) from one of his older syblings stating he was in fact who he said he was. We had to have it notorized. We also had to get his school records. And his military records. It was the biggest PITA that I've ever had to deal w/. We did finally receive his birth cert., not not his passport, although we had the receipt that he applied for it, so he was able to travel w/ no problem. He finally received his passport in Dec., 4 months after our wedding. They really do try to make it difficult.

                  Good Luck!! It sounds like it is going to work out for you. She's lucky to have you help her.

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                    Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:43 PM

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                    Originally Posted by LisaG
                    I had the same issue w/ my dad. He was born at home and never had a birth cert. I filed for a delayed one. They also needed a affidavid (sp?) from one of his older syblings stating he was in fact who he said he was. We had to have it notorized. We also had to get his school records. And his military records. It was the biggest PITA that I've ever had to deal w/. We did finally receive his birth cert., not not his passport, although we had the receipt that he applied for it, so he was able to travel w/ no problem. He finally received his passport in Dec., 4 months after our wedding. They really do try to make it difficult.

                    Good Luck!! It sounds like it is going to work out for you. She's lucky to have you help her.
                    When you traveled it was during the time that they were allowing a passport application. We probably won't have the same luck. How long did it take to get his passport from the time he applied for it?

                    My grandma doesn't have anyone older than her alive to sign. Why did you need that, and school records & military records? I thought you just needed one of those things. We only have the school records.

                    So did you get the long green form from the state of texas? Was your dad born in texas? My grandma was so i'm really interested in hearing what all it took to do this. maybe it will be easier for my grandma because she already has a delayed birth certificate, it's just not the official style. I had the old style too when I needed a passport & it was easy to order a new one.

                    I just hate for her to get stuck at home due to a technical difficulty. I would have started working on this earlier, but my mom told me grandma had the right kind of birth certificate. I found out when I was home for Christmas that she didn't.

                    #10 LisaG

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                      Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:54 PM

                      We did get the long green form and yes he was born in Texas.

                      Yes, we traveled during the time that as long as you had your receipt that you filed, you didn't have to have the passport yet. Is it not like that anymore??

                      He applied for his passport in July and didn't get it until December because they kept giving him the run around.

                      When I started the delayed birth cert. process, it was in February 2007 - before our August 2007 wedding. They told me they needed 2 of the following - - - notorized affidavid from an older sybling, school records, military records & an affidavid of domicile....along with all birth info for all of his 8 syblings (that part has hard).

                      We turned in the affidavid from his bro, military records and affidavid of domicile. Well we were later informed that they also wanted school records. It just seemed like every time we turned something in they would ask for something else.




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