New Emergency Passport Office Opens in New York

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Residents of New York state can now choose between two different emergency passport offices: One in New York City and a new office in Buffalo, New York. State officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 18th, 2010 to mark the occasion. The new passport office is located at 111 Genesee Street, in Suite 101 of the Genesee Gateway building.

 

The new office is a Regional Passport Agency office, which means it can issue emergency passports or passport cards, usually within 24 hours. Previously, to get an emergency passport, Buffalo residents would have to make a trip to New York City to visit the passport office there. Demand for passports is up since they became a requirement for travel to Canada in 2009 as part of the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

 

Regional Passport Agency offices are meant for travelers who need emergency assistance only, so you do have to meet certain qualifications to get an appointment. Basically, you are eligible to use these offices if you need a passport to travel within 2 weeks and you have already booked your tickets. However, you can also use a passport agency office if you are traveling within the next 4 weeks to a country that requires you to apply in advance for a travel visa.

 

The office operates by appointment only, and walk-ins are not permitted. To make an appointment, call 1-800-209-4565.

 

You will need to bring a copy of your itinerary to the appointment.

You’ll also need to bring all of the documents necessary to issue your emergency passport, including proof of identity, proof of citizenship and photos.See How to Submit a Passport Application for details. Check when you make an appointment to make sure that your documents are acceptable and that you know what kind of payment options are available at the facility.

 

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

Emergency Passport Appointments

 

Travel experts recommend that you apply for your passport well in advance of a trip outside the country-months in advance, if possible. However, life doesn’t always go according to plan, and sometimes you need an emergency passport. If you need your passport to travel in 14 days or less, you can call 1-800-209-4565 make an appointment at the nearest Regional Passport Agency Office to have an emergency passport issued.

 

Of course, the appointment won’t do you any good if you show up without the appropriate documents and paperwork. Here’s what you’ll need to get inside and get your passport:

 

A copy of your travel itinerary showing that you’ve booked tickets to leave the country in the next 14 days. However, if you need your passport to apply for a travel visa, you can make an appointment and bring an itinerary showing that you plan to leave within 4 weeks instead.

The confirmation number for your appointment

All of the documents you need to get your new passport. If you are applying for a new passport, you’ll need proof of citizenship and proof of identity. See How to Apply for a New Passport for details.

If you’re applying for a passport renewal and you still have your old passport, in most cases you can use your old passport to prove both your identity and your citizenship.

See Passport Renewal for details on what you’ll need to renew your passport. Also, since you are making an appointment at a passport agency, you should not mail in your passport and the renewal application form. Bring both the form and your old passport with you to the appointment.

Whether you’re renewing your passport or applying for a new one, you’ll need to bring two passport photos with you to the appointment.

Regional Passport Agency offices are federal buildings. That means you may have to pass through a medical detector to enter and you must not attempt to bring any weapons.

Be on time-you won’t be allowed in more than 15 minutes before your appointment time or more than 15 minutes after.

 

Alison Kroulek is a freelance author and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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Applying For a US Passport in Person

Who Should Apply for a US Passport in Person?

Here are the conditions on who should get a passport in person:

– If the person is applying for the first time to get a United States (US) passport
– If the person is below the age of 16
– If the person’s previous US passport was damaged, lost, or stolen
– If the person’s previous US passport was released for over 15 years
– If the person’s name had changed after his US passport was released

What are the Steps in Applying for a US Passport in Person?

First step on how to apply for a US passport is to submit in person the completed “Form DS-11: Application for a United States Passport. ” Form DS-11 should be requested personally in Passport Agency or Acceptance Facility.

Do not sign the form until the acceptance agent said so. Also, social security number is important.

Second step to apply for a passport is to provide evidence that the applicant is a US citizen. Together with Form DS-11, all documents in relation to proof of US citizenship should be submitted.

One of the primary documents accepted as evidence of US Citizenship should be submitted:

– Old and undamaged US passport
– Birth certificate issued and certified by city, state or county
– Naturalization certificate
– Consular report of birth abroad or birth certificate
– Certificate of citizenship

Third step on how to apply for a US passport is to provide proof of identification.

One of the primary identification should be presented:
– Old and undamaged US passport
– Unexpired driver’s license
– Naturalization certificate
– Recent government ID (whether federal, state or city)
– Recent military ID (if belonging to the military or a dependent)

If applying with an out-of-state identification, the applicant must submit another valid ID.

The fourth step on how to apply for a US passport is to photocopy the submitted identification documents.

The photocopy should be on a white, 8 1/2 x11 inches standard paper that is clear and free of any marking. The image may be enlarged but it cannot be reduced to a smaller size.

Next step is to pay the appropriate fee for the US passport application.

It is also a requirement to submit two recent passport photos in order to apply for a passport. Make sure that the following conditions are met by the passport photos:

– Identical
– Colored
– 2×2 inches
– Shows current appearance and taken within the past six months
– Front view, full face with a white background
-The shot should show 1 to 1 and 3/8 inches of the chin up to the head.
– Photo taken should be in casual attire. No uniforms are allowed in photos except for religious clothing worn every day. Also, wearing of any headgear or hat is not allowed.

In case an applicant needs a US passport right away such as a need to travel abroad within two weeks or a requirement for foreign visa application within four weeks, schedule an appointment with the Regional Passport Agency.

Also, check out and review how to apply for a US passport and the special requirements for minor applicants (below age 16 and age 16 and 17) and for official, diplomatic and no-fee regular US passport applicants.

Please click these links if you want to know more about how to apply for a passport or how to apply for a passport in general.

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