Stop Putting It Off – Go Ahead And Get Your Passport

passport 2642172 1280 300x200 - Stop Putting It Off - Go Ahead And Get Your PassportStop procrastinating!  Go ahead and get your passport.  It’s good to have anyway, but if you live in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina or Washington you will need a passport to board any flight, domestic or international.  Those states do not currently issue a state ID that lives up to federal ID minimum security requirements.  So, if they are not compliant by Jan 22, 2018, then you will need to have a passport before getting on a plane to another U.S. city.  Besides the passport, below is a list of other acceptable forms of valid ID, but make sure to go https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html for a more complete list.

  • Passport Card
  • Military ID
  • DHS Trusted Traveler Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS – Designated Enhanced Driver’s License

How Do You Apply For A Passport

You can apply for a passport online by going to this link to fill out the application or you can print out one of the applications below. 

  • DS-11 – First time applying for Passport  
  • DS-82 Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail (Renewals Only)  
  • DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport- Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Replacement

Once you have printed and filled out your particular form, go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply.html  .  Here you can determine where you need to go to complete the process of applying for your passport by how soon you need it.  Read the information here if you need to expedite your passport.

What Are The Processing Times And What Are The Fees

  • Normal processing times can take 4-6 weeks
  • Expedited time can take 2-3 weeks
  • Expedited at agency can take up to 8 business days
  • Check out the Passport fees here 

Other Good Information To Know Before You Travel

As soon as you know that you will be traveling abroad, make sure to research your destination.  Check the entry/exit requirements, visas, laws, customs, medical care, road safety, etc. at travel.state.gov/destination.  Also, write down the contact details for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to have with you in case of emergency while traveling.  Read Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts for your destination and check the U.S. embassy or consulate website for the latest security messages.  Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel, and check exchange rates.  Enroll for free in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates about your destination, and to help us reach you in an emergency.  Groups or organizations can create an account and upload a spreadsheet with contact details for multiple travelers.  Follow TravelGov on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected and to get important safety and security messages.  

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