You know how sometimes you get news, and you are not sure whether you should laugh or cry? That happened to me today.
In preparation for our magical trip to Canada, we applied for passports since you need them if you are going to be flying in. We had plenty of time, so there wasn’t any need to expedite them. Case in point, Daniel received his passport yesterday.
Yeah. Daniel did. Mine was still out in passport la-la-land somewhere. I was holding out hope that maybe today it would come in the mail and then I could insert it lovingly into the pretty pretty passport case I bought off of Etsy and all would be well. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like that.
Instead of my key to world travel, I received a letter that had some mumbo-jumbo stating that the identification submitted for the passport was not annotated on my application, and I can consider my passport denied if I do not send a photocopy of my driver’s license to them within 90 days.
Of course I was at work when I got the news, so sobbing loudly in our open office would have been awkward, but believe me, hearing that was immensely disappointing. Also, slightly panic inducing, considering we already have our plans made and canceling things would be a huge pain in the ass. It was so awful sounding that it was almost funny. I just knew buying that passport case early was going to come back and get me in the end.
I called the agency to see if I could get some clarification. I am not convinced the lady really knew what I was asking, which was: upon receiving my photocopied driver’s license, does the processing time start over from the beginning (4-6 weeks) or does it pick up from where it left off (maybe more like 2-4 weeks)? The roundabout answer I got was – I think – that it picks up from where it left off. Yay! Except I definitely DEFINITELY need it in four weeks.
Then I asked what my expediting options were. I was told I could overnight the letter with the documents to the agency, which would give me a tracking code so I could make sure they received it. I could also include my credit card number and ask them to expedite the process from here on out.
That puts me into a very unenviable position. I did not mess up my application. The standoffish old man at the post office who approved our applications failed to check the box that said I offered up my ID for verification, and as such, I have to jump through hoops and pay extra money ($60 for expediting, plus the overnight shipping fee) to cover for that mistake.
I guess in theory, I wouldn’t have to expedite. But I’m not convinced I would feel comfortable sending off that photocopy without trying my best to make sure I got the passport before we have to leave.
Argh. Why do things have to be so difficult?
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