Discover How, When and Where to Get a Passport
The passport application process has some requirements that can leave one confused. I've put together a simplified version of how to apply for a passport. The guide should help you avoid some of the common mistakes that can often delay things or, even, get your application rejected. Whether you need to obtain a new passport, renew an old one, get one for a child, change the name on your's or just add some more pages, you'll find what you need here.
As you prepare your application, some questions may arise concerning your passport photo, acceptable documents for proof of citizenship and proof of identity, forms, fees or how to check the status of your process. You'll find answers to these questions as they pertain to each type of service.
The fastest way to get your passport is to contract a passport expediting services. You want to avoid expediters if you can. You'll pay more to have one of these services expedite your passport. If, however, you find yourself in an emergency situation (or are willing to pay for convenience) and need to travel abroad in a hurry, you should contract a service that meets high standards.
There are currently 25 regional Passport Agencies in the United States where U.S. citizens can obtain or renew a passport if they have plans to travel within two weeks. An appointment is required. You can access a list of agency locations, operating hours, telephone numbers, maps and directions.
Another place you might apply for a passport is a passport office. It is highly likely there is one near you. There are over 9,000 acceptance facilities throughout the United States. You can find them at Federal, state and probate courts, post offices, some public libraries and a number of county and municipal offices. Access a list to find the one nearest you.
If you need help with your passport while abroad, you'll need to visit an U.S. embassy or consulate. Locating the U.S. Embassies in the country you plan to visit before your departure is important. If you lose your passport or have it stolen while abroad, the embassy can help you replace it quickly. They also provide many other services for Americans in emergency situations.
U.S. Consulates have been described as "branch offices" or "junior embassies". They preform many of the same functions as an embassy but on a lower scale. Usually located in major cities, U.S. consulate generals can also assist you in replacing your lost or stolen passport.
Your passport is only one, although the most important, of several different travel documents that exist. It is the best proof of citizenship and identity you can possess. However, there are other documents such as a visa, international driver's permit, innoculation record and others that are important for a safe, secure and rewarding travel experience.
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