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Am hoping to ride to Alaska in May or June 2009 but have not yet applied for a passport. :oops: How long should I expect it to take to receive a passport once I have submitted the requisite paperwork?

Sure hope I have not erred in waiting until now as I really would like to do the trip in my 71st year. :roll:
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Time varies according to demand. Shouldn't take more than 2 weeks, but they can tell you when you apply. Unless you are going through Canada, you don't need a passport to go to Alaska, its one of the 50 states of the union ya know;)
 

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My first thought while reading your headline was, "leaving so soon?"
 

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Am hoping to ride to Alaska in May or June 2009 but have not yet applied for a passport. :oops: How long should I expect it to take to receive a passport once I have submitted the requisite paperwork?

Sure hope I have not erred in waiting until now as I really would like to do the trip in my 71st year. :roll:
Todd

I applied for mine in eraly December and had it within 10 days. I was surprised. I would still apply now just in case they hit a snag.
 

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Time varies according to demand. Shouldn't take more than 2 weeks, but they can tell you when you apply. Unless you are going through Canada, you don't need a passport to go to Alaska, its one of the 50 states of the union ya know;)
If we are to assume he's going to ride a motorcycle to Alaska and not ship it on a boat or an airplane, do you know of a route that doesn't go through Canada? Just curious.
 

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If we are to assume he's going to ride a motorcycle to Alaska and not ship it on a boat or an airplane, do you know of a route that doesn't go through Canada? Just curious.
Never ass um e.
 

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2-3 weeks here, last Fall.
 

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Got wife's passport book (there is a passport card) the same day. You have to prove that your trip is less than 14 days and go to the State Department by appointment AND have a LOT of mullah - same day rush passport was $160.00.

Living north of Philly made it easy - PA has only 2 passport agencies (State Department). One in Philly and the other in Pittsburgh.
 

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Hey, thanks for the good replies and encouragement. If I get my arse in gear pretty quickly, I should have the passport in plenty of time.

BTY, I did notice the "wink" in nataaska's post about not needing the passport if not riding through Canada. Thanks for the humor. :cool::lol::lol:

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You may want to make sure you have the proper birth certificate.
I had to have the real one sent to me from the county I was born in.
What I had was an non certified one made out by the doctor at birth.
Was not born in a hospital.

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If you are crossing at a land crossing, then it is not yet madatory to have a passport. But I do believe there is a date some time this year where it will be mandatory to have a passport to get into the US through all customs entry points.
I think it's in June or July.

Last year I made a number of crossings into Washington & Idaho without a passport. It was pretty simple.
 

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If we are to assume he's going to ride a motorcycle to Alaska and not ship it on a boat or an airplane, do you know of a route that doesn't go through Canada? Just curious.
you can bypass canada by ways of
pacific ocean ...:popcorn:
 

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If we are to assume he's going to ride a motorcycle to Alaska and not ship it on a boat or an airplane, do you know of a route that doesn't go through Canada? Just curious.
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you can bypass canada by ways of
pacific ocean ...:popcorn:
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Put down the popcorn and read.:rolleyes:
 

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if i remember right, passports can be bought with regular delivery or express delivery, it all depends on how much u wanna pay.
 

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You may want to make sure you have the proper birth certificate.
I had to have the real one sent to me from the county I was born in.
What I had was an non certified one made out by the doctor at birth.
Was not born in a hospital.

Good Luck
Correct...My birth certificate was rejected when I applied. It was a duplicate my Mom got for me in 1964 that was needed for me to enlist in the Navy. I've used it about 3-4 times since then (including signing up for Soc. Sec. Retirement Benefits) without any problems. It had the official raised seal, date of birth, where I was born and it was signed by the Registrar where it was issued. They told me that it was a "short version" and wouldn't accept it. I am waiting for a duplicate copy of my original birth certificate. :shrug:
 
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