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konotahe    0

We renewed our passports the other day and thought I would share the process in case any one is approaching their own dead line.

 

First go to the US Embassy web-site and down load a renewal form. You need to also set an appointment at this time.There is very little to the form but it is a must have for each passport. With it , a copy of your appointment, old passport, and $121.00 per passport you go to San Jose. From San Ramon there is a little shorter way to get to the Embassy than the way I go, but it is hard to miss the land marks my way. I take Hy1 toward San Jose until I see the Hilton Crown Plaza on my right. I turn right, then left at the big Football Stadium. The second street on your right is 104. There is no sign but there is a tall apartment building on the corner. Stay on 104 in the right lane until you see the Embassy.(it is a good ways to the Embassy but it is to large to miss) Turn right at the light before the Embassy and there is parking on your right. There will be a long line outside, do not stand in the line. Walk up to the guard at the door and show him your appointment, he will have you stand to side of the entrance.

 

In two weeks or less you will get an e-mail saying you can pick up your new passport. Believe it or not this will take longer to do than when you applied for it. They do not call pick ups until everybody else has been served. Plan on 11:00 am.

 

That's all it is to it. Good luck

Ed & Janie

 

 

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tibas9    0

 

 

In two weeks or less you will get an e-mail saying you can pick up your new passport. Believe it or not this will take longer to do than when you applied for it. They do not call pick ups until everybody else has been served. Plan on 11:00 am.

 

That's all it is to it. Good luck

Ed & Janie

 

 

How things have changed since the last time I renewed my Passport in the year 2007 as you could pick-up your new renewal the next day.

 

A year or so ago I entered the Embassy side of the US Embassy regarding a personal matter and asked if I could use their bathroom and was told "NO" and to use the bathroom at the "Centro Commerical" across the street. So, recommend that you do not eat a "heavy" meal before entering the US Embassy side of the house(:

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konotahe    0

Sorry it has taken so long to get back we were moving. I had our pictures taken at a photo shop in San Ramon. Most if not all of these places know what size etc. As for bathroom rooms---we went in the side with the long lines and the security check point. After leaving there you can walk straight ahead and there is a bano at the far end.

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tibas9    0

Sorry it has taken so long to get back we were moving. I had our pictures taken at a photo shop in San Ramon. Most if not all of these places know what size etc. As for bathroom rooms---we went in the side with the long lines and the security check point. After leaving there you can walk straight ahead and there is a bano at the far end.

I was wanting to use the bathroom on the US Embassy side-of-the-house where the office of the US Ambassador and mailroom is located and NOT the US Consulate side where you apply for your US Passport.

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I thought I saw on the Embassy website a place where you can make an appointment for passport renewal, but now I can't find it. Was I just dreaming this up?? Or do you have to call for your appointment? I realize it varies, but on average how long does it take to get an appointment?

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Epicatt2    0

No Gayle, you weren't dreaming it.

 

Go here:

 

http://costarica.usembassy.gov/service.html

 

In the Left Hand sidebar click on Passport

 

Then click on ADULT - PASSPORT RENEWAL and a dropdown window will open in which the basic requirements are shown.

 

And when you scroll down about 3/4 of the way in that dropdown window there is a link for requesting a appointment. Click on it and there's a button to make an appointment with.

 

HTH

 

Paul M.

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DanaJ    0

I just did mine, Printout the form before hand and have it all filled out. Make the appointment. Take a number as you go in. and it should take a few mintues. there is a little photo booth inside were you can get the pictures for about C2000. They will email you in about a week or so, and you just need to go in with the receipt and your old passport to pick it up. At the number dispenser, choose 'Pick up passport', no appointment for that needed for that.

 

ps: I applied for a regular passport, but they issued one with extra pages.

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