Today I was in Houston, at the German consulate, to apply for a new passport as my old one expires at the end of April. And since it may take up to 12 weeks to get a new one I wanted to apply early enough. Unfortunately, one has to apply in person at the consulate now, as they take your fingerprints to be electronically included in the passport. And that means travelling to either Houston or El Paso. Well, Houston IS closer – even if it’s not that much. Since my appointment [you have to get one online, btw] was at 11 a.m. and I didn’t want to be late, I decided to drive there yesterday evening [first, btw, to a meeting of our bicycle club in San Antonio and then on to Houston]. I stayed at a Super 8 motel off Katy Highway, just about a 15-minute drive from the consulate on Post Oak Boulevard. And that was easy to find this morning.
At the consulate things went fairly fast. I had all the necessary documents & copies [passport, Texas driver's license, Permanent Resident Card, birth certificate, marriage certificate and the confirmation that I'm no longer a resident of Germany]. What they want the copies for remains an enigma to me, though, as the official at the consulate just looked at them and the handed them back to me. I had believed they’d keep them on their files. Instead, they scanned all the originals and filed these electronically. And I also don’t know why they want to see the marriage certificate as a passport doesn’t tell the martital status, does it? Anyway, as I had all the documents, things went along fast, and after paying the fees, I was on my way again at 11:35 a.m. The fees, btw, inlcude postage for the passport to be sent here to my address. That, at least, avoids another trip to Houston, just to get the poassport.
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- Citizenship: In praise of a second or third passport | The Economist (wpvins.wordpress.com)