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Unreal delays for Driver License or Passports in the US
originally posted by: machineintelligence
I only recently became aware of the frightening delays at obtaining a DL or Passport in my State of Texas. I needed to get a passport in order to start a job in Cancun and realized my passport is expired. While I was at it I thought before I leave I should go ahead and renew my DL as well in case the job ends up lasting for a while. I was given a passport appointment and told there is no expediting and it is a 6 months wait to get it now not the 6-8 weeks it was just a year ago. No expediting of course means you can not even pay a premium to get a passport in a reasonable time. I then went online to the Texas DMV and the soonest I could get an appointment anywhere near me would be in Feb of 2021.
I have little choice but to cross over not fly and get a 6 month Visa and wait to have my passport FedEXd to a house I am sharing in Cancun. I think if they can not fix these systems soon this is one more thing that will lead to the economic collapse that now seems inevitable at this point for many reasons. I will have to take 2 flights inside of Mexico in order to get to Cancun at this point. Since my work has become very difficult in the US I planned to try and get by with the lower cost of living in the Cancun area since I do not have to lease a place there and the bills are a bit cheaper.
At this point, they should move the DMV into Walmart or have the application system be made remote-friendly, or otherwise, the entire country is just that more likely to fail completely. They do after all have the ability to increase prices or automate the process in order to alleviate the waiting period. Why they would not just do this instead of losing revenue I don't understand.
originally posted by: schuyler
Or you could have renewed your passport early, which you failed to do. You can't effectively use a passport that is due to expire within six months anyway. But I guess it must be all their fault.
originally posted by: TheLieWeLive
If you think this delay is bad wait until the mandatory Covid vaccine to travel in and out of your country begins.