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Renewing passport in Hamilton, Ont. area

Hello there: Our family is flying to Puerto Plata on Dec. 26 for a holiday and our daughter who lives in Hamilton, Ontario has to renew her passport. Hers runs out Nov. 9, 2008. Any Hamiltonians out there who can recommend the quickest way to renew it in that area? Thanks!

According to Passport Canada there is only one office in Hamilton.

http://tinyurl.com/4xc9uu

lilyv,

I am in the process of renewing my passport (in Hamilton), and had a few questions myself. Here’s a link to the thread where I got some very helpful answers.

http://debbiesreviews.proboards88.com/index.cgi?board=Cuba&action=display&thread=6927

Hope that helps.

Wendy

Hello Wendy:
Thanks for your comments and I appreciated reading your other passport link that you provided. So are you going to the passport office in the Standard Life Building on King St. W.? That is where I directed my daughter to go. She does have the simplified renewal forms with her old passport so hopefully all goes well and quickly.
I would REALLY appreciate hearing how your visit there goes, since my daughter probably won’t get there until late this week or early next as she is working all day. She is going to get her photos taken at Shoppers. Do they guarantee the pics there?
Kathy

Hi lilyv

Yes, I’ll be going to the passport office at the Standard Life building. I’ll probably be there Friday morning, as I have the day off.

I don’t know about photo guarantees at Shoppers Drug Mart. I do know when we had trouble with Sears photos 5 years ago they refunded our money (said the new guidelines were too difficult to achieve). We then had our photos done at Blacks Photography. Those photos were accepted with no problem.

I’ll let you know how it goes when I return.

Wendy

I renewed our passports earlier today. We got to the office at 11.10 am, and were given a “d” number. It was a 5 minute wait, but we were the next to be called. It took about 10 minutes to process two renewals, and we were out the door by 11.25. I was quite pleased.

While we were there, there were about 20 or so people either waiting or being served. By the time we left, it was starting to get a little busier, maybe about 30 people. Nowhere near the volume of people from 5 years ago. At that time there was easily
65-70 people, and a 2 1/2 hour wait.

Hope that helps.

Hi again Wendy. Thanks for the note about the passport renewal. So after you had the renewals processed, how long are they saying before you receive your new passports in the mail?
Kathy

Hi Kathy

I believe she told us it would be a couple of weeks. From what I’ve read on various forums, they usually arrive quite quickly.

Wendy

I just received our new passports. Only 4 business days. Amazing!

If only the holiday would get here that soon!!!

Hi Wendy: Thanks for letting me know. Now I just have to get my daughter to get to the passport office!!