Hi! the site would not allow be to PM you back because I dont have enough posts or something?
I'm from the same area so i know what you mean about not wanting to leave empty handed. you definitely should not have any issues when you get there. i went into the office and was being overly nice to everyone and just said i was there to check the status of my application by endorsement. theres a blue sheet of paper that you fill out and after about 15 minutes of waiting they came out of this back room and said the number is online and you should receive the hard copy in the mail in 7-10 days.
i started the process july 1 so if i was able to get it, i am sure you will be able to! it is a long ride but its so worth it! also dont forget to bring some money/credit card. theres a parking garage a block or 2 away from the building and for 30 minutes its $5.. anything after the rate goes up to $15.. its outrageous! there are meters too but depending on what time you get up there they may be all taken.