That happened to me one year. Not fun to pay that for something I could have had for free.Somehow the person who does this for us each year, missed it this year and you DON'T want that to happen very often. Re-Issuance fee; us$81.00! Blood sucking ***************** scum!
Now that we're paying, how about we get them to issue a 5 year document?
When international mail runs about as fast as a cruising sailboat, a simple 2 week turnaround turns into a several month odyssey. No big thing for you sitting there in the USA (heck you don't even need your document), but every country I've been in prefers the original and can, if they choose, create a lot of hassles for someone with an expired and/or copied document.Doing this yourself, and online, isn't rocket surgery:
I got the PDF form, filled it out, and emailed it to the suggested address. I received an email confirmation of receipt and then in about 2wk received a paper copy of documentation renewal.
I was with the federal government for 21 years. We went "paperless" several times, with actual increases in the amount of paper we generated and had to keep.I've been hearing over the past 16yrs with the military, "we're going to be a paperless Army"...
I've yet to see the volume of paper used to go down. Actually, for some things, it has gone up.
I am not saying the fee is good or correct, but I DO have to bring up some thoughts here.You've fallen for the oldest trick in the book. This won't hurt, because that hurts more.
Again, that will hurt more, this will hurt less. I say, no need to hurt...... I was never so HAPPY to pay my taxes, drive my car and eat the type of food I wanted to instead of what I could get!