Minneapolis Passport Office – Getting a Same Day Passport

by on January 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

After exceeding 150 comments on post detailing my original experience getting a same day passport, I decided to go through the comments and separate the experiences and helpful tips by passport office.

These comments and tips were related to people’s experiences at the Minneapolis Passport Office.

From Louis:

I was in a serious pinch and almost used the expediting agencies to get this done and then I came across your blog. I’m not sure if you are aware, but there is now a Minneapolis office which I successfully used. In by 9am, passport at 4:30. If it weren’t for this tiny hit buried in the google results I would have been out $200 or more and may not have gotten to Mexico. THANK YOU!

From Anthony:

Just got back from the Minneapolis Passport Agency.

Story follows…

I arrived at 7:45 AM and was one of three people standing outside waiting to get in. We were let in at 8 AM, passed through security and were told to head to the office. Two out of the three of us didn’t have appointments made, me being one of them.

Because I had a valid Passport card, I had to complete the DS-82 form to apply for the Passport book. Along with the completed form, I supplied a travel itinerary, Passport card, official certificate of birth, and two identical photographs.

Smooth process, I was in talking to the clerk by 8:10, and on my way out by 8:25 with a receipt and pickup slip in hand.

I returned at 2 PM to pickup my passport, by 2:15 I was out the door with Passport in hand.

From Louis:

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was in a serious pinch and almost used the expediting agencies to get this done and then I came across your blog. I’m not sure if you are aware, but there is now a Minneapolis office which I successfully used. In by 9am, passport at 4:30. If it weren’t for this tiny hit buried in the google results I would have been out $200 or more and may not have gotten to Mexico. THANK YOU!

If you have had an experience at the Minneapolis passport office, please share it below. This tremendously helps future readers!

  • D.

    Well this eases my fears some. I’m traveling to Spain and apparently they require that your passport be valid for 90 days AFTER your trip. I already made an appointment at the Minneapolis site based on the advice from the http://www.travel.state.gov/passport website, but I was nervous that I could not get a new passport same day or next day. I feel a little more confident about getting my passport on time now. THANKS FOR THE POST ABOUT MINNEAPOLIS. (I’ll be sure to add a comment if I run into any problems tomorrow)

    • Great, I’m glad it was helpful!

      • mike

        can i get address please the minneapolis one

  • I thought I would pass along my experiences with getting an expedited passport.  This doesn’t necessarily apply to a same day passport, but hopefully it will hopefully help some people out.  Searching around on the net I couldn’t find any posts or websites that answered the questions I had so I thought I would post them here.

    My experience:I visited the Minneapolis passport agency on 5-19 for a new application as I am leaving for Mexico on vacation on 6-1.  I thought about just mailing it in, but I figured a 2 hour drive to the passport office would be better.  I hate to do things last minute, especially when there’s a chance it could mess up my vacation.
    So I called on 5-10 to schedule an appointment the next week (5-19) thinking I would get a same day passport.  More on that in a bit.  Got an appointment for 8 am on 5-19 and drove up to the location downtown.  I showed up around 7:30 and parked the car (make sure you have coins for the parking meter unless you are walking :D).  This was kind of unnecessary since the security guards wouldn’t let us in until 8, but I hate to be unprepared.  We were let in at 8 and I got in to the window to give my passport application.  One thing I found out is since I live out of state, they needed another form of ID other than my drivers license – I had my employee work ID which they accepted.  Took my oath and paid my $195 to find out they were not going to issue my passport to me the same day, that they were going to mail it to me since I wasn’t leaving for 13 days – which made me a little nervous but I figured I should be OK.  Well, I got a call from the passport office this past Monday, but they didn’t leave a message so I had no idea why they were calling!  I was at work, and I can’t answer my phone like many so not knowing why they were calling was nerve racking to say the least.  I called the number back on my phone about 5 minutes later and it went straight to a voicemail. There is no way to call the office back directly if you miss a call from them.  They called me back Tuesday morning to tell me that they were missing a copy of my driver’s license. What…really?! This made me a little angry since this is what I drove to Minneapolis for in the first place, and in fact remember them making a copy so someone dropped the ball.  Anyways, the agent told me that I could fax her a copy of my id – which I promptly did about a 1/2 hour later.  No big deal.

    Overall my experience has been average at best which is I suppose is to be expected when dealing with any type of government agency, but they got it done.  My advise – make sure you have all your paperwork in order, otherwise your at the mercy of the passport office contacting you in time to get it corrected.  If you call the National passport line, they are limited at what they have access to since all they are is a glorified call center like your cable or electric company – the customer service reps do not work for the Department of State and are given limited access.  All they can do is basically tell you the status of your app and how to apply, they do not have any power to intervene to speed the process up – nor do they have any way of contacting the passport office directly in case there’s a problem.  This what the customer service rep told me when I called, so keep that in mind.

    Also a couple tips about the passport application tracking website.  It’s not up to date real-time, so don’t count on it for being up to the minute accurate.  The passport application database seems to be set on about a weekly update interval which is pretty worthless if you need your passport in a week or two and want to find out where your passport is.  I did find out, however by calling back the National passport line the next day that that my passport had shipped and was given a tracking number which put me at ease.  I won’t receive my passport until tomorrow, so unless they messed up on something I should be good :)

    One last thing – although they say that the passport is overnighted, technically they use Priority Mail to send you your passport, which can take anywhere from 1-3 days to arrive depending on where you live.  It’s not sent USPS Express mail which would be truly overnight.  Also something to keep in mind.Hope this helps!

    • Wow, what helpful information, I had no idea about any of those issues.
      Thanks soooo much for sharing!

  • Michelle

    I made an appt for tomorrow to get a passport for Canada and Mexico.  Mine is a renewal.  I am so hoping to get it the same day.  Thanks for the information.

  • Nancy

    Good to have this info. Am leaving for Canada next Thurs and just found out my pp expired in March 2012. Great to know I can save time and $$$ – thanks so much for the info.

  • Alex

    Has anyone been able to get their passport same day, say within 2 hours??? In my haste to make sure my children and my cousin (who we are taking to the bahamas and has stage 4c breast cancer so it may be her last trip) had valid and up to date passports, I neglected to verify that mine was up to date! It is expired. I have an appointment at 9 am Monday morning, but our flight leaves at 12:50.

  • Avery

    I made an appointment over the phone Monday morning. The first one available at the Minpls office was for 3 days later at 10 a.m. and I took it. I had to furnish the last 4 digits of SSN
    and got back an 8-digit confirmation number.

    On Thursday, I drove 3.5 hours to Minpls to arrived at around 6:15 am. I found a parking garage nearby that cost $8/day (most others were $12/day). Seeing there is nothing to lose, I
    decided to go in at 8 a.m. I got through security before 8:15. At the passport office, no one actually checked my appointment before and when I was at one of the screening windows where I got my number. After that, I waited for less than 10 minutes to be at one of the processing windows. The interview took less than 5 minutes. It’s that quick presumably
    because it’s a renewal. I don’t recall being asked a single question, and towards the end of the interview, the clerk said the passport would be mailed (because I was not within the guideline for same day pick-up) but he immediately backtracked to say since I was from out of state, that
    my passport was scheduled at 11 a.m.

    I got back at 10:55 am and went up to one of the screening windows with the personalized form issued earlier to find out it’s not ready. I had to wait another 45 minutes before I got my passport but still it was all done under 4 hours.

    On the photo. I took my own photo. For DIY, probably the easiest way to get good lighting is to be outside when it is cloudy in the early evening. I had a point-and-shoot camera on tripod with the requisite white cardboard paper taped to my garage side door. If you wear glasses, watch out for reflections from the lenses. The passport office has a list of photo places nearby. I assume some people brought photos that didn’t pass muster.

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