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yeahdisney
06-08-2009, 09:31 PM
2 adults 2 children--$270 for the paperwork
$100 for the mailing of them

We got our pictures taking at CVS took over an hour, due to one person working both picture counter and the check out. Then the post office only took 45 minutes, due to us filling out the paperwork there and only one person working that desk. The process not to bad, only DH had to go get a copy of his birth cert. But that horrible total almost $400 boo hisssssssss.
Our Disney cruise Dec 3 :goodvibes

casndan
06-08-2009, 11:42 PM
Why was it $100 to mail them?? Did you rush them?

victorandbellasmom
06-09-2009, 12:15 AM
Yup, I remember how much it hurt my pocketbook when we did it for dh and my 2 kids 3 years ago. It was a little more since we had to rush it since the passport office was swamped and there was a back log. Regular processing would have taken 4-6 months. We have another couple of years 'til mine expires as well as the kids.

bumbershoot
06-09-2009, 12:52 AM
Why was it $100 to mail them?? Did you rush them?

Looks like Yeah is just breaking it down like the passport site does. I just think of it as the total, $100 for an adult passport, $85 for a kid, but the site shows $75 or $60 for the application fee payable to State dept, $25 execution fee payable to where you apply.

andrews_dad
06-09-2009, 07:34 AM
Looks like Yeah is just breaking it down like the passport site does. I just think of it as the total, $100 for an adult passport, $85 for a kid, but the site shows $75 or $60 for the application fee payable to State dept, $25 execution fee payable to where you apply.

Mine was $85 total at the Post Office for the baby. Only 11 months old at the time and needs a passport to fly to the Bahamas? Seems odd to me, but that is the way it is.

caribear
06-09-2009, 07:44 AM
We need to get passports for our cruise next year too. I already have one, but the cost has kept me from getting the rest of them until next year. As unbelievable as it may seem it only took me 17 days to receive my passport. I had all the info preprinted from home, went to the Post Office....and 17 days later my passport arrived in the mail. No rush service added or anything like that.

5boyz
06-09-2009, 08:12 AM
We were $341.for DH ME ds dd.s American so that cost $130CDN, pic $15. at Walmart. Me ds dd...$160CDN plus $35. pic at photo place. It took less than 2 wks for them to come!!!

4Seasons
06-09-2009, 08:29 AM
But remember the adult ones are good for 10 years and children under 16 are good for 5 years. Yes it's a sizeable upfront expense but absolutely the best form of international ID.

Ava
06-09-2009, 08:35 AM
But remember the adult ones are good for 10 years and children under 16 are good for 5 years. Yes it's a sizeable upfront expense but absolutely the best form of international ID.
And if I'm remembering right the price to renew is a bit less than the cost of getting a Passport for the first time.

crjack
06-09-2009, 10:14 AM
We just got 3 as well and I didn't realize how much it was going to cost. Both of my children needed them and mine needed to be updated.

We didnt pay extra for rushing them through but there was a processing fee to the state dept. and a fee to the post office as well.

Because both DH and I needed to be there it was easier to do it at the post office. I'm just glad they are done though.

Starfish106
06-09-2009, 10:20 AM
And if I'm remembering right the price to renew is a bit less than the cost of getting a Passport for the first time.


I paid $75 to renew + change my name on mine. No rush and I received it in about 3 wks which is what they stated at the time.

wowsmom
06-09-2009, 10:37 AM
I hear ya! We applied for our passports last week - for me and 2 kids. And we chose to pay to expedite cuz they told us it's taking 6-8 weeks right now and 8 weeks is when our vacation is (assuming we ever actually book the thing!!!).

We did ours at our local library, but there was still the $25 per person fee to be paid to the facility.

bumbershoot
06-09-2009, 03:20 PM
And if I'm remembering right the price to renew is a bit less than the cost of getting a Passport for the first time.

Yes, if you do it by mail, you lose the $25 fee paid to the facility. So it's just the application fee.

eeyoregon
06-09-2009, 07:34 PM
Also remember that you don't have to have a passport to sail a closed-loop cruise that departs from the USA. A certified birth certificate and photo ID is all you need for a Disney cruise that departs from Port Canaveral.

The only reason you would need a passport on a closed-loop cruise is if there is an emergency during your cruise and you have to fly out of a foreign country back to the USA.

SandrA9810
06-09-2009, 07:40 PM
They also have the passport card for land and sea travel. It's half the cost (45$). And you can only go to canada, mexico, bahamas with it.

You can not fly with it.

SandrA9810
06-09-2009, 07:41 PM
Of course for something that lasts ten years... it's quite a small price to pay (10-20$) a year. And who knows how much traveling you'll want to do down the road.

JerseyMamaBear
06-09-2009, 08:16 PM
They also have the passport card for land and sea travel. It's half the cost (45$). And you can only go to canada, mexico, bahamas with it.

You can not fly with it.

Really? where can I find info on that. I dident see it on the site. That would save us a ton.

Shawn429
06-09-2009, 08:31 PM
Passport Card:
http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html

I'm going on a cruise in December (Carnival, not Disney) and I have no plans in the near future to fly out of the country, so with the passport card, you can use it at ports of call as long as you go back to the same American port of call, from what I understand.

I'm going out of Ft. Lauderdale to Key West, FL, then to Grand Cayman and Jamaica and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. I see no reason why the passport card wouldn't work, considering I'm technically returning to the same port of call.

Julia M
06-09-2009, 10:44 PM
I hear ya! We applied for our passports last week - for me and 2 kids. And we chose to pay to expedite cuz they told us it's taking 6-8 weeks right now and 8 weeks is when our vacation is (assuming we ever actually book the thing!!!).

We did ours at our local library, but there was still the $25 per person fee to be paid to the facility.

I applied for my passport on May 15 and was told it was taking 6-8 weeks, but was told "off the record" it would probbaly be 4-6 weeks. I received it in 3 1/2 weeks.

Just paid for the regular (free) mailing.

I put on the form we leave July 29 (which is true)

Julia

UCFALUM
06-09-2009, 11:43 PM
We're going on an Alaskan Cruise in a couple weeks and my passport only took 3 weeks. I opted NOT to get the kids passports at this time, $400 or so savings. The website states for children on ship into Canada you can use their birth certificate. My oldest son has a passport but it expired-5 years goes so fast! His would still be good if it was 10 years for kids like adults. So I'm waiting until we absolutely need them to start the 5 year clock.

wowsmom
06-09-2009, 11:51 PM
I applied for my passport on May 15 and was told it was taking 6-8 weeks, but was told "off the record" it would probbaly be 4-6 weeks. I received it in 3 1/2 weeks.

Just paid for the regular (free) mailing.

I put on the form we leave July 29 (which is true)

Julia

Hmmmmmm....

The guy told us 6 weeks and we were hemming and hawing...trying to decide and then a different lady working there told another person that they were now saying 8 weeks, so we decided it was worth the peace of mind to pay to expedite.

You know how it goes...if we hadn't expedited, it would take a full 8 weeks, so since we did, it'll probably be here in about 2. LOL

4Seasons
06-10-2009, 06:39 AM
Passport Card:
http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html

I'm going on a cruise in December (Carnival, not Disney) and I have no plans in the near future to fly out of the country, so with the passport card, you can use it at ports of call as long as you go back to the same American port of call, from what I understand.

I'm going out of Ft. Lauderdale to Key West, FL, then to Grand Cayman and Jamaica and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. I see no reason why the passport card wouldn't work, considering I'm technically returning to the same port of call.

The problem with that is if you (heaven forbid) have an emergency that requires you to fly back home early, you will not be able to do so on a passport card.

Astro Orbiter
06-10-2009, 08:22 AM
Be glad you're going on a cruise and not someplace you need a visa for. DD and I are taking a trip this summer - visas are $130 for each of us, and that's with no mail-back that would add $45 to each of them. Passports are good for 10 years - this visa is good for 12 months.

abeyst
06-10-2009, 09:02 AM
I just applied for my Passport Card yesterday. (I live in MI, and need to travel to Canada.) The post office charged $15 to take my picture, which I thought was highway robbery! She came out to the lobby, had me stand in front of a white wall, and snapped my picture with a digital camera. I was like "heck, I coulda done that at home in my living room!"

So, save yourself some $$ and snap your pic against a white or ivory wall, put it in your computer and adjust/crop it yourself to the gov't requirements and print it out.

CyndiLooWho
06-10-2009, 09:18 AM
As a seasoned traveler, I would never take my own passport picture. They have too many rules for them.

Make a few phone calls before you go, or do an internet search for prices.

CVS currently has a deal to get them for $5.99 with their online $2 off coupon http://www.cvsphoto.com/passport_photos.aspx?PhotoPS_NonBrand_iCrossing .

Walgreens has them for $7.99 http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/passport/default.html
.
BTW, they were only $10 each when I got my first passport, over 20 years ago. Going up $5 in 20+ years isn't a whole lot.

SandrA9810
06-11-2009, 10:08 AM
It's probably every five years for kids because of how fast they grow and change.
But yeah I think your kids can travel with just birth certificates if you're only going to canada/mexico/bahamas.

LisaNJ25
06-11-2009, 10:35 AM
Thanks for the info on the passport cards. I had never heard of them before.

wowsmom
06-11-2009, 10:43 AM
As a seasoned traveler, I would never take my own passport picture. They have too many rules for them.

Make a few phone calls before you go, or do an internet search for prices.

CVS currently has a deal to get them for $5.99 with their online $2 off coupon http://www.cvsphoto.com/passport_photos.aspx?PhotoPS_NonBrand_iCrossing .

Walgreens has them for $7.99 http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/passport/default.html
.
BTW, they were only $10 each when I got my first passport, over 20 years ago. Going up $5 in 20+ years isn't a whole lot.


AAA will take them for free if you are a member.

We ended up paying $15 for ours though, cuz we didn't have the time to go to the AAA office, take the pics and get back - we just wanted to get the applications in.

JerseyMamaBear
06-11-2009, 12:24 PM
Just read this on Carnivals website:


CRUISE TRAVEL
Carnival Cruise Lines strongly recommends all of our guests travel with a valid passport. However, as of June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens embarking on a cruise that both originates and terminates at the same U.S. port are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driverís license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required.

U.S. citizens calling on ports in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize will also be exempt from the passport requirement.

Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including all Carnival cruises.

If a cruise begins and ends in different U.S. ports, or begins and ends in a foreign port (such as our Alaska cruises and Hawaii cruises) a valid passport or other recognized WHTI-compliant document is required. A valid passport is required if you are traveling on any of our Europe cruises.

Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking cruises that both originate and terminate at the same U.S. port, we, again, strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

ALL guests need proper proof of citizenship in order to travel and failure to present a valid document at check in will result in denied boarding and no refund will be issued.

For more information, a complete list of WHTI-compliant documents or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov.

U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card, Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable.

ExPirateShopGirl
06-11-2009, 01:42 PM
I took mine and my kids'. Took the headshots against a white wall with a tripod and digitally resized and cropped the pictures to 2"x2" and placed them 4 up on 4" x6" prints and printed them out at Target. Total of 60 cents. I even managed to cut them myself!


As a seasoned traveler, I would never take my own passport picture. They have too many rules for them.

Make a few phone calls before you go, or do an internet search for prices.

CVS currently has a deal to get them for $5.99 with their online $2 off coupon http://www.cvsphoto.com/passport_photos.aspx?PhotoPS_NonBrand_iCrossing .

Walgreens has them for $7.99 http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/passport/default.html
.
BTW, they were only $10 each when I got my first passport, over 20 years ago. Going up $5 in 20+ years isn't a whole lot.

yeahdisney
06-11-2009, 05:47 PM
Yep the $100 for the usps passport fee paid to the post office for the mailing. The kids passport were $10 less than the adults. I got our pictures done at CVS with the coupon $5.99 and it took over an hour for that.

Since you can not fly back without a passport if an emergency happened, we went with the passports. But it realllllllllly hurt to write a check for them.

Used my disney visa to pay the $100 fee, well that earned us 1/4 of a mickey bar:goodvibes. D

wowsmom
06-15-2009, 06:30 PM
Just an update. We applied for our passports on June 4th and they actually arrived today! We did pay for expedited, so that might have sped them up a bit. They came via priority mail, but our documents (old passports/birth certs) were shipped regular mail and also arrived today. :)