Passports...UGH!!!

@CODYMAC (1357)
San Diego, California
September 17, 2012 9:10pm CST
Well it is only three weeks away. The big day to FINALLY see my Filipino girlfriend. I have been waiting for this for well over 7 months. I have the plane fare, the hotel picked out, and even some of the things I will do once I am there. But my only problem now... Yup, That PASSPORT!!! Oh, I can get one. I have not raised up arms against my country, or joined a foreign army, or anything crazy like that. But the one thing I did wrong, according to the agent, was present an out of state ID. I wish you all were there to see it. Her eyes sprang open like I had just pricked her with a needle, and she pointed at me like I was the defendant in a court room. "We dont take those." I had to tell her that it is a legal government document. Then I tried to give her my social security card and she wagged her finger at me and said, "nope, only birth certificate, drivers license, and something with your name on it and a picture like a student, military, work, or government ID, and a credit/debit card." I obviously was confused because right in front of her it stated that if I presented and out of state ID, then I had to offer up two other forms of proof. I did that. Social Security card, and debit card. It is only obvious that a birth certificate would be needed so I showed it to her as well. She then said, "we need something with you picture on it." I then handed her a card from the place I work that has my picture on it. She ignored me and repeated what she said before. She then said, "comeback when you have everything taken care of." I really did not want to argue any more so I just left. Now I have to go back and have my picture taken and face this woman again. I guess I could go to another location, but should I be required to? I dont know, but I think she was just tired of dealing with me... what do you all think?
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7 responses
@peavey (15769)
• United States
18 Sep 12
Yeah, you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get things like that. Just do what they tell you whether it makes sense or agrees with what you've been told before or not. I'm so glad you're getting to go!
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Oct 12
Yeah I am happy but sorry about this late response. I was in Seattle getting all the paperwork done this last monday and I hope they expedite it. If not then I will just have to wait for two weeks. I am ok with that.
@peavey (15769)
• United States
1 Oct 12
Two weeks isn't bad. At least you're going!
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
2 Oct 12
You are soo right. lol Maybe I Need to make a mad dash to give that lady a hug because of all the people she has to deal with on a daily basis. I am sure that she could have done without me...lol
• United States
25 Sep 12
This woman seems set in her ways even though it seems like she is wrong. I would think that it could easier trying a different branch because unfortunately this woman may end up helping you again. Also why not get the photo done at a Walgreens or some other store that does that stuff? I got my passport photo done at Walgreens and it was an easy in and about 20-60 minutes out (honestly don't remember).
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Oct 12
Yeah she was. But going to Seattle to get it all taken care of made a world of difference.
@maximax8 (27048)
21 Sep 12
The forms of identification that I have are in date passport, Driving License with my photo on them and my Birth Certificate without a photo. I can show a bill given to me in the last three months as well if necessary. In my home country a passport is valid for ten years for an adult and five years for a child. That woman doesn't sound very polite to me. Good luck going there.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Oct 12
Right, birth certificate, State ID, I even gave them a diploma, and SSC. It was a long process and much paperwork but well worth it maximax8.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
18 Sep 12
Wow I never realized this is happening with government offices outside of my country. When you were describing the process you've gone through, I practically saw same thing in processing your passports in my place. I guess you need more patience in doing so and get what they really wanted to show who you really are. Passports are really a very sensitive documents that is why they really would like that each passports is really the true identity of the holder/owner.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
18 Sep 12
You are right, and I know that now so it will be easier for me to get it done now that I have things that I need... Thanks rsa101.
@freymind (1352)
• Philippines
18 Sep 12
Everything will be okay. Just make sure to bring all the necessary documents that she said. Maybe you can check if there's another person that can process your passport Good luck in applying for a passport.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
18 Sep 12
Yeah I found other places to pick it up. Thank you for that and I know that for 5 days I will have the time of my life there...
@ARIES1973 (9498)
• Legaspi, Philippines
18 Sep 12
Just relax. Everything will be fine. Don't show her that you are affected by her attitude. You mean you will be coming to our country? Welcome! Hope you enjoy your stay here.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
18 Sep 12
I will relax and I will be going there in a few weeks. I am excited and nervous at the same time. But I am just seriously offed by this passport business. Oh well I guess you have to do what they want...
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Jan 13
Hey buddy, First and foremost, congratulations for having a Filipina girlfriend. I remember when I was working in a 5 star hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I meet one Canadian guest, who has a Filipina girlfriend. He was very proud about his girlfriend and planning to get married this year. As a Filipino, very hospitable to all people so I give him best service from our hotel. With that, I got an award certificate and cash. Anyway, lets go back to the issue. I've been experiencing similar situation. Many times, a woman who check my papers for my issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) requirement before I can leave the Philippines and work abroad. She was very arrogant and asking series of documents who not necessarily needed. I was upset but my temper I hide it from her. Until such time my patience already full, I posted a status in my twitter account and the head of office read my post, I am not aware he is one of my twitter followers. He advice me to send email all issues I experience in their office. Well, I sent him email and explain. He calls me on the phone and advice to report their office. We talked and the problem solved.