We are making our 1st cruise in September, and while I know technically we don't NEED for our son to have a US passport, our family is in a unique situation where I think he should have one. Our son joined our family at 14 months old via international adoption. We have his passport from his birth country, but thanks to moving between different states once he was home, we have not yet obtained his US Birth Cert. (**side note...even if we DID have a US B.C. for him, his place of birth would still say the original country, not the US). HOWEVER, he is a US citizen and we have us Citizenship papers to that effect. In order for us to obtain his US passport we need to send in all of his original adoption paperwork which includes the birth cert. from his birth country, his adoption decree, US Citizen papers, and a few other things which don't aren't coming to mind right now. But the fact is we have to send in the ORIGINALS, no copies allowed. This absolutely terrifies me. If the papers are lost either by the passport agency OR by FedEx/UPS, the only way to get them again is to travel back to his birth country and beg/plead with their authorities. Not a fun thing to go through, and yes we do know adoptive families whose originals were lost for a period of time. They were eventually found but still, the anxiety and stress while the papers were lost was excruciating. Since we don't have his US Birth Certificate just yet, I am equally uncomfortable lugging around all of our adoption papers, their translations, his US citizens papers, etc. Plus, in an emergency I don't really know that all of that would do any good since citizens of his birth country require a Visa to enter our country??? Ugh! So, here's my question. Apparently you can apply in person to your local passport agency (not post office) if you have travel documents stating your are departing w/in 2 weeks. Has anyone tried this and either had success or failure? I'm exploring options for our September cruise, and would feel much better with this option rather than mailing in all of our originals. I spoke w/ the Passport office today and she actually recommended we do this to not only avoid the passport agency potentially losing our papers, but also to avoid issues with the mail system. She also said that many times, you receive the passport while you are there, unless they are just totally overwhelmed that day for some reason. We'd have to pay the $60 rush fee but that's okay by me. I'm just wondering if there is anything that *could* go wrong doing it this way. Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post!