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US Passport renewal: In person vs mail timetable

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I think when I renew by mail it takes 2-3 weeks for my new passport to arrive. Does anyone know how long it takes when you go in person? It would kill most of a day for me, but I might be on a tight time table so shaving 1-2 weeks (or all of the wait if they give it in person) would be good to know about.

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Keeping an eye on this one. I need to renew my US passport next year. A little leery of doing it by mail, looking forward to the replies.

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8 hours ago, Hal65 said:

It would kill most of a day for me, but I might be on a tight time table so shaving 1-2 weeks (or all of the wait if they give it in person) would be good to know about.

You only save the amount it takes for the application to arrive at the embassy after you mail it.

Applying in person your new passport is still mailed back to you.

About two weeks to get the new passport is normal.

Info is here on the embassy website. https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/

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I did mine last time ( 2016) using the phuket outreach service, ( saves a trip to Bangkok)

had it in my hands 12 days after submitted the paperwork

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I did mine at Chiang Mai and I picked up. It took less than 10 days 

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23 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

If you need to use your passport in the interim, you need to apply in person, in case that wasn't obvious. And return in person to pick up the new passport, and to have the old passport punched

 

I applied in person, paid my fees and return postage. They handed my punched passport back to me and I received the new one by mail, 10 days later. 

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That seems like the key benefit of going in person. Otherwise you have no recourse if a police officer asks to see your physical passport (and isn't satisfied with pictures or copies)

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On 11/17/2019 at 9:41 AM, phuketrichard said:

I did mine last time ( 2016) using the phuket outreach service, ( saves a trip to Bangkok)

had it in my hands 12 days after submitted the paperwork

They do not do Outreach anymore.

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BKK vs US?

 

Is it faster to renew a US passport here in Bangkok than back in the US? Is the cost the same?

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12 minutes ago, 10years said:

BKK vs US?

 

Is it faster to renew a US passport here in Bangkok than back in the US? Is the cost the same?

 

Much faster in the US if you use an agent. You can get one within 48 hours but you'll pay several hundred dollars for it. 

 

I recently got a new "Second Passport" in the US and had it in hand in 48 hours through an agency. 

 

Used this company:

 

https://www.rushmypassport.com

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22 minutes ago, 10years said:

Is it faster to renew a US passport here in Bangkok than back in the US? Is the cost the same?

Much faster than the states unless you pay a $60 fee.

The fee here is $110 verses $80 in the states.

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3 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Much faster than the states unless you pay a $60 fee.

The fee here is $110 verses $80 in the states.

 

True but you can not expedite the process in Thailand. In the US you can. 

 

If you're on a time constraint then the difference is important. 

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