questionswhat is the best (speediest,cheapest) place to…

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Yes, she does need a passport and needs to hurry. I suggest you look here for the location nearest to you.

Not much is speedy or cheap w/the government, and that's the only way to get a passport. Definitely pay for the rush on the application. Also be sure to check on exactly what she needs to take w/her. Hope she has a wonderful cruise!

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Yes, you'll need to pay for the rush-job. But, you can save a little money by taking your own passport photos. Just snap them with a digital camera and print them out. Make sure you review the photo guidelines on the US Passport website though - they're pretty picky about having them within a certain tolerance.

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Based on what you've said (departure in seven weeks), you probably don't really need expedited service (see http://travel.state.gov/passport/processing/processing_1740.html which is reporting 4-6 week processing times as of today). They take the departure date (which is specified on the application) into account and will process applications "out of order."

However, you probably should go for it.

You also didn't state your daughter's age. The process is easier (only needs one parent to go in person) if she is 16 or older.

When I got one for my first daughter, she was just over 16 (so my ex-wife wasn't involved) and it took just over four weeks to arrive, though I don't know what the predicted processing time was back then (she had no scheduled departure so it didn't matter... we were getting her the passport to simplify getting her driver's license).

In fact, this reminds me that it is time for me to take daughter #2 for hers.

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For those that are in college, most state and or big universities provide an on-site visa application process for the different breaks. They get all the students together that need a visa for a holidays/spring break and go through the application process with them. The visas are then specially processed to make sure that they get back to the student in time for the break. Even if she's not in college, this would be something for people who are to check out :)

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The local Post Office is the fastest place in my state (NC). You can go to a number of drug stores or UPS stores and get your photo (around 10 bucks) then stand in line at the post office. Have your pic, picture ID, birth certificate( with a raised seal) and money. Cost me $90.00 but got it in 3 weeks...

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Costco takes great passport photos, and they are guaranteed to pass muster with the passport office. Their turnaround is also very quick. I really recommend against trying to do your own. Why slow down the process by having to redo them?

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Additionally, just to be on the safe side, if your daughter wears glasses, you may want her to get her passport picture taken not wearing them. Depending on the person processing the passport application (further up the chain AKA not the person at the post office level), the application might get rejected if there is even the tiniest amount of glare on the glasses. I was advised of this when I went and applied for my passport. This being said, I believe that both of my parents' passports have their pictures with them wearing their glasses.

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@shrdlu: No need to redo them if you do them right the first time. Anyone with a digital camera and free software that can crop can do it in about 10 minutes. Why waste the money, this is deals.woot after all ;)