If there's one horror story I have heard over and over from various friends who travel outside the United States, it is the trouble they had obtaining their passport! Of course there are places that can help you get Los Angeles passports (or passports from any other city, for that matter) in an easy and fast manner. But if you go the normal route, from what I have heard-be prepared to wait...and wait...and wait some more! I've been considering applying for mine, because even though I do not have any immediate plans for traveling out of the country, it might be handy to have it on hand for if the occasion ever does arise.
Several years ago we had a friend who was planning on visiting a missionary in Africa, and he applied for his passport well in advance of his planned date of departure. Everything was going smoothly, and he was simply waiting for his passport to arrive in the mail. There was plenty of time left, so when the passport didn't arrive, he was not real worried. After what seemed like an unreasonable amount of wait time, he tried finding out what was going on. Of course as often happens in a situation like this, he ended up with no answers. Again back to the endless waiting! It took (what seemed like) forever, but his passport finally did arrive-I believe only the week before he was supposed to leave the country!
This (among other stories I've heard or read) is why I decided that if I do get my passport, I will be using a service that offers rush or same-day passports! From a company who will actually answer your questions if you have any, and who actually cares about making sure you have what you need when you need it. That is the kind of company I will be getting my passport through if and when the time comes that I need one!
How about you-any passport horror stories in your family? What about any happy passport stories? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below!