Congratulations on becoming a subscriber with Gypsee – the world’s first subscription based travel app and website. We promise you the absolute best times you can have alone or with friends. It is a hope along the way you make new friends as well, all because of Gypsee. This blog is to help you and your friends get a passport in a hurry. After all, adventure awaits!
Gypsee will be adding multiple international locations in short order. These will all be highly desirable and certainly will be filled with plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure. However, you will need to get a passport before you can travel internationally.
It will take approximately six to eight weeks to get your postcard once you have collected the necessary information and submitted it to the U.S. Department of State for processing. You will need to have the following documents to process a passport:
- U.S. Form DS-11 – If you are applying for the first time;
- U.S. Form DS-82 – If you are renewing an expired passport;
- Proof of U.S. citizenship;
- Have at least two passport photographs;
- Your fees.
Let’s look at each one of these documents in some detail.
According to the State Department, this form is obsolete. The new form is not yet available, but this form is acceptable to use. This form is for anyone who has never held a passport. The form is relatively simple to fill out and can be done online. Print the form, and take with you to the nearest major U.S. Post Office (more on this in a moment).
If you have had a passport and it is expired, damaged or issued within the 15 years, you are eligible to use this form.
You can fill out either form online and print from this website.
Once you have your forms filled out and printed, DO NOT SIGN. These forms must be signed in the presence of a U.S. postal employee. You will need to repeat the steps if you sign the paperwork.
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
There are two types of proof of U.S. citizenship that are acceptable for getting a passport in a hurry: primary and secondary.
- A U.S. Birth certificate with the following information: city, county or state of birth; applicant full name, date of birth, place of birth; parent(s) full name; signature of the registrar; date filled within one year of birth; appropriate seal;
- A valid and undamaged U.S. Passport (expired is accepted);
- The consular form for birth outside of the U.S.;
- Certificate of naturalization or citizenship.
- Delayed birth certificate, or;
- Letter of No Record;
- At least two of the following public or private documents:
- Baptism certificate;
- Hospital birth certificate (often shows baby’s footprints);
- U.S. Census record;
- Early school records;
- Family Bible record;
- Doctor’s records of post-natal care;
- Form DS-10.
- If you were born outside of the U.S., there is different documentation necessary. Visit the U.S. Dept. of State Citizenship Evidence site for what you need.
*Gypsee tip* – It is a good idea to have a copy of Primary proof on hand for general purposes that may arise. There are times when a birth certificate is necessary and obtaining a copy can take time – particularly if you live a good distance from your place of birth.
- State driver’s license or photo id;
- Military id.
You will need the physical identification and a copy, front and back, on a standard sheet of white paper. Do not decrease the image size when making copies.
There are several locations where you can get a passport photo. Many retail and pharmacy stores, UPS stores, Post Offices and the like all will offer passport photos. The best thing to do is search for a location near you with a search engine of choice. There will be a fee for the photo.
The standard passport is $110.00. There is a passport card available as well that covers Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, but only by sea and land. Gypsee has you booked on a flight, so this is not necessary.
There are a variety of payment options you can make. A credit/debit card or cash is best unless you are mailing your application in, and if so, use a money order. Make sure you record the money order number, and keep it safe until your passport is in hand.
Again, this process will take you approximately six to eight weeks.
We at Gypsee do not like to wait. This is why we take care of you and your travel plans up front. We want you to get your passport in a hurry. Here is what we recommend you do.
Before you begin, unless you are in or near a major metropolitan city, the chances of getting a passport in a hurry are extremely limited unless you choose to spend the extra cash on an agency.
Speaking of agencies …
Do NOT use an agency. They are a rip off. Most search engines will tell you this up front if you are looking to get your passport in a hurry, as the search engine generates income on the ads. You can expect to spend $200.00 to $500.00 with an agency. There is a better solution.
Gypsee has a way for you to get your passport in under 24 hours, and if you play your cards right, by the end of the day. Here is what you need to do.
- Have all of the above paperwork in hand. You are lost without this. It is why Gypsee recommends having copies of this stored safely in an easy to find location in your home. Gather the documents, put them into a plastic bag, and shove in the freezer. Safe, secure and easy to find.
- Make an appointment with the passport agency;
- Have your travel plans ready (you should have your print out from Gypsee);
- Arrive at the appointed time;
- Meet your liason;
- Explain your situation.
- Pay the additional $60.00 fee.
You should have your passport within 24 hours or so.
Even if your Gypsee adventure does not start for some time, this guide will help you get your passport in a hurry. Gypsee will have your itinerary ready for you after making your easy and inexpensive monthly payments.
If you want your passport in a hurry, Gypsee offers this quick workaround:
- Go to another travel site;
- Set up a trip, booked to leave the next day;
- Go to the last page before payment confirmation;
- Print this ticket from this page;
- Hide the price carefully;
- Show this to the liason at the passport office;
- You should have your passport by the end of the day.
There you have it. Gypsee’s handy guide to getting a passport in a hurry. Your passport is good for 10 years, so be sure to hold onto it.
A passport is a very valuable document to have and highly valued on the black market. Put your passport in a secure place while you are not adventuring, but Gypsee knows you will need it often!
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