I can not believe it! I received all four of my childrens passports after applying for them on August 17! That is almost exactly 3 WEEKS! I did not pay for expedited service either. I was not even expecting to get them in time for the cruise! Just having the proof that I applied was OK for me in the event of an emergency. I applied for them out of Tinley Park, IL (CHICAGO) and they seemed to have come from an office in Colorado? At least that is what the return label says. Must be that kids do not need as much investigation?? I am feeling a sense of relief .