I applied for my US passport last week. I filled in the forms and made copies of all the required documents and went and I had a passport photo all ready to go.
I’m ready. Off to the post office I go.
I get to the desk and say I would like to apply for my passport.
“Do you have an appointment? Asks the Clerk.
No, I replied
“You need an appointment – you can book online”
I looked back at all the other people waiting in line. Except, the place was empty. I was the only one there. It’s a small post office in a small town so I have found over the years it’s busy – or depnding on time of day you go and some luck, you are the only one there and that was the case for me.
No sense arguing. I went home and made an appointment. It should come as no surprise when I tell you that the day was wide open for me to pick a time for passport application but so it goes.
The following day I go in and the very same clerk who told me I needed an appointment was waiting for me. As it was early in the morning – again I was the only one there. The only difference between my first visit and now was the appointment.
This is not a big deal and it will all end well but after being interviewed and had physicals and more fingerprints and ‘biometrics’ than I can count I was hoping that this final step would be the easiest – but nope – I had one more bureaucratic hurdle to jump.
Next up: the SSN office. Stay tuned…