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Passport expedite-fee refund details

Two weeks ago I reported that passport applicants who paid the steep expedite fees but didn't receive their passports in the allotted time could apply for a rush-fee refund. At the time, I couldn't find details about on the Department of State website.

But alert reader BeBeTravel wrote in with a link to a Bureau of Consular Affairs page that outlines the refund process. You can find the information you'll need to submit along with an address to send your written request.

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Through September 30, you can still travel to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean if you've applied for but not received your passport, but don't delay applying for a refund if you qualify. Then, when you're on vacation, find a really, really slow activity, say a leisurely four-course dinner or a boat ride piloted by a lethargic captain, and put that not-so-expedited-fee refund to better use. Or, allow the money to fulfill its intended purpose and rent a fast car or buy your way into the front of some line. The possibilities are endless, really!

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