We got our passports almost 10 years ago. Sarah was still around and we needed them to go to Jamaica. Sarah had hers, of course, from Australia.
After my tour of duty in Edmonton, we figured now was the time. We had heard horror stories about turnaround times of months, and I hoped there would be no surprise trips. After finding (thanks to Alice at the post office) we had used old documents with the OLD prices (aargh) I rewrote the checks and sent them in.
Two Weeks. The old ones came back with the extra pictures in two more days. Nice job for an “inefficient bureaucracy”.