Rick--I actually think this should go in the US forum, but will leave it here. People HAD been reporting very quick turnarounds on passport renewals BEFORE the shutdown (and who knows if it's going to happen again or not!!). Without the shutdown question, I personally wouldn't have paid the extra money for expediting but I certainly don't blame you for spending it for a bit more comfort, in light of all the craziness... At least it's done! Enjoy your trip!

Carol Hill