From East Amherst, New York, to Washington D.C. and back to East Amherst in 9 days. I applied for my passport book and card (I live near the Canadian border, crossing which now requires either an enhanced New York State driver's license or a passport -- the card works for border crossings by land or sea) on July 13th and received my computer chip embedded electronic passport book on July 22nd:
Did not know that. Of course, I paid the $60 extra plus overnight delivery costs for expedited processing of my application, but 9 days exceeds the "about 2-3 weeks door-to-door" estimate I was given at the East Amherst Post Office when I applied. Nice.The chip securely stores the same data visually displayed on the photo page of the passport, and additionally includes a digital photograph. The inclusion of the digital photograph enables biometric comparison, through the use of facial recognition technology, at international borders.
Need to apply for a U.S. passport? Use this search page to find the designated passport application facilities nearest to you. Most now take the passport photo right on site. Just make sure that you have a certified birth certificate to submit with your application:
My wife's passport application was rejected because her birth certificate isn't certified. She applied online for a certified certificate from Pennsylvania, her birth state, using VitalChek and her certificate arrived yesterday. Problem. Her middle name is misspelled. Sorry hon. Guess you get to stay home and feed the dogs.A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth.