International Travel: Pet Passports

International Travel: Pet Passports
This information must be filled out by a vet qualified to approve travel. It also contains the number of the identifying microchip that is required for all pets applying for a passport. Much like a human passport it has other pertinent information as …

US citizens need passport to travel
Obtaining a US passport while in the United States is straightforward and all of the information is available online at Since this will most likely be the first time that you're applying for a US passport, you will be required to …
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Yes, Passports Do Need to Be Renewed!

Now-a-days, many more people have taken the time and trouble to apply for a passport, even if they don’t travel much.  Passports can be used for any type of identification, and even traveling within the United States with a passport makes it quick and easy to pass through the security checkpoint at airports. Most people who have a passport tend to put them away somewhere until they need it, only to be unpleasantly surprised to find their passport has either expired or will do so by the time they leave on their overseas vacation. 

Adult passports are good for 10 years, and children every five. Since the processing time can be delayed for any number of reasons, renewing a passport within a year of expiration is a good idea. There is a bit of paperwork and, of course, a fee, but the process is much easier than a first-time application.  

Except in certain situations, most passports can be renewed by mail. This saves you the time of having to locate a passport agency and stand in line to have your signature witnessed.  

Every government agency needs its paperwork, and passport renewal is no exception. You’ll need to complete the form DS-82, “Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail”, which can be found online or at most post offices. Always print carefully and use black ink. Don’t forget to sign it!  If you’ve changed your name, such as a marriage or divorce, you’ll need to include a certified original of any supporting documentation.  

Since you’ll need to send your current passport along with your application, it’s always a good idea to make a photocopy. In fact, photocopy your renewed passport when you receive it, as replacing a lost or stolen passport is easier if a copy is available. 

The fee for renewing a passport is $ 75.00.

Make the check payable to the U.S. Department of State and include it along with the other paperwork.  

When you’re ready to mail everything, plan for the worst by using a traceable means of mailing such as certified mail. Also, mail can and does get damaged in transit, so pick a durable mailing envelope such as the “Tyvek” type, which are water resistant and strong.  

Renewed passports typically take 3 to 4 weeks from the time of receipt, but times could be longer if there’s a backlog or anything is wrong with your paperwork. Expedited service is available for those in a hurry. Check the website for the U.S. Department of State for important details.  

Once you’ve received your renewed passport, you can tuck it away for another 10 years or until you’re ready for your next trip.

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

Minnesota counties changing where they issue US passports

Minnesota counties changing where they issue US passports
Travel-loving Minnesotans may find fewer sites where they can apply for and renew passports as counties seek to comply with new State Department restrictions aimed at reducing identity theft. While some metro area counties already have pared back or …
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J&K girl denied passport to pursue US scholarship because of ex-militant uncle
Sufaira had applied for the passport after she received a one-year US scholarship under the India-US youth exchange study programme in March. Inspector General of CID, B Srinivas, told PTI that Jan's application was received three months back.
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Passport renewal: Travellers warned as applications look set to triple this summer
"We work hard to process more than 5.5 million applications each year, so help us to help you have a smooth trip this year." Customers can renew their passport by filling in a form online; calling the Passport Advice Line and asking them to send a form …
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Damaged Renewals for US Passports

Did you know that damaging your passport could make it harder for you to renew it? It’s true -there’s a separate process for renewing a damaged passport, and it’s much more involved. Here’s the scoop on the differences between damaged renewals and regular renewals.


Apply in Person


If your passport is undamaged or only has normal wear and tear, you’re most likely eligible to renew it by mail, without having to visit a passport office. However, if you’ve damaged your passport, you must apply to replace it in person. If you send the Department of State a damaged passport in an attempt to renew it, it will be sent back. You’ll have to apply all over again in person, and this means that you won’t receive your passport as quickly. Also, you’ll have to pay additional application fees.


How do you tell the difference between “damage” and normal wear and tear? In many cases, the differences are obvious: if your passport has been water-damaged, chewed on by animals or small children, cut into pieces or pages have been torn out, you must renew it in person.


On the other hand, if it’s just bent from being in your pocket, you shouldn’t have any problems renewing by mail. However, whether or not your passport counts as “significantly damaged” is up to the discretion of the State Department. If there’s any question in your mind, go ahead and apply in person at a post office or other passport acceptance facility.


Required Documents

If you’re eligible to apply for a regular passport renewal by mail, all you’ll need is your current passport and one passport photo in most cases.

If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you’ll also need to send legal documents to support your name change request for your new passport.


However, damaged renewals require some additional documentation. First, you’ll need proof of identity. Your driver’s license or state ID card will do. You’ll need both the original ID and a photocopy. Next, you’ll need proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship.


Take these documents to the passport office along with one passport photo. At the office, you’ll complete passport application form DS-11 and Form DS-64. Once you’ve submitted the paperwork, you should have your new passport in about 6 weeks. If you’d like it faster, you can pay the $ 60 expedite fee to get it within 3 weeks.


If you need to replace your damaged passport more quickly due to a pending international trip, you can apply for an emergency damaged renewal at one of the country’s 24 regional Passport Agency offices or submit your application through a private expediting company.



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

You cannot attack Nigeria while on diplomatic passports – FG tells foreign

You cannot attack Nigeria while on diplomatic passports – FG tells foreign
For instance, here in Nigeria, human rights groups are very strong and vocal which is good for democracy because these are the institutions that will sustain democracy for us. And we also know that foreign missions have been supporting … If any …
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Italy's interior minister survives vote over Kazakh deportations
Give us the truth,” Mr Casson appealed. Breaking … head of state, made a forceful intervention on Thursday, warning all sides not to “pull the plug” and risk damaging Italy's renewed confidence on international markets less than three months after …
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Julie Wassmer: Speak up if you want your Crown Post Office to stay
IF YOU think politicians are out of touch with the rest of us, then maybe it was no surprise this week when our MP stated that there would be 'no harm to the consumer' if our Crown Post Office service transferred into a shop. 'Harm' seemed an odd word …
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Latest Us Passports News

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According to some estimates, there are close to 90,000 Lebanese with U.S. passports residing in Lebanon. U.S. law requires that Americans pay taxes on their foreign income, as well as their domestic income. In an effort to address some foreign concerns …
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FP Passport: Russian Security Now Using Typewriters to Thwart the NSA
The agency, which guards Russian officials — the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Secret Service — is placing an order for typewriters, according to Russian newspapers Izvestia and the Moscow Times. The reason? Information security. "After the scandal …
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Latest Us Postal Service Passports News

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1000 show up in McAllen to get their passports
… until January, according to McAllen Post Office Plant Manager Israel Torres. Area U.S. Postal Service officials held the passport application event on Columbus Day — a day when post offices normally are closed — in an attempt to meet demand …
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MPs debate Postal Services in Scotland after 2014
Who—among those of us who can remember how Liberals previously campaigned for this post office to remain open, or in defence of that aspect of Royal Mail, always blaming someone else—would have thought that they would be the drivers of the …. That …
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Palestinian passports rejected by citizens

Palestinian passports rejected by citizens
While complications continue to exist, even with the presence of the Palestinian passport, some existing loopholes have facilitated the granting of visa applications. For example, Palestinians are not technically eligible for an official US visa, as …
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Assange: US decision to cancel Snowden's passport is a 'disgrace'
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday defended National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and said the U.S. decision to cancel his passport and force his extradition was a “disgrace.” “The United States canceled his passport. [Vice President] …
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Emergency Passports for Last-Minute Trips

With extra fees and ever more onerous security requirements, traveling has become increasingly unpleasant even if you’ve had plenty of time to plan ahead. But what if you don’t have time to plan? Anything from a sudden business crisis to a family emergency can drag you out of the country on short notice.


If a situation arises that necessitates last-minute travel, your top concern is likely to be getting an emergency passport. While most travel experts recommend applying for your passport as far in advance as possible, getting an emergency passport is possible as long as you take the appropriate steps.


For a last-minute trip, one option is make an appointment at the nearest regional passport agency office. Regional passport agency offices are capable of issuing passports in 24 hours or less, as long as you have all of your paperwork straight when you go in.


To get an emergency passport from a regional passport agency office, call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment. To qualify for an appointment, you must be able to show that you have tickets to leave the country in the next 14 days, so go ahead and make those plane reservations prior to calling. Before your appointment, make sure to familiarize yourself with the documents you’ll need to apply and the fees you’ll need to pay. Also, bring a copy of your itinerary to prove that you do, indeed, have an emergency passport situation on your hands.


Another option is to submit your application through a private expediter such as Rush My Passport. These companies deal with the Department of State for you, which means that you get your emergency passport request processed quickly even when you don’t have time to visit a regional passport agency office.

Instead, if you need to apply in person for your passport (for example, if it’s your first time or if your last passport was lost or stolen), you can simply go down to a post office or any other location that accepts passport applications and get your application “sealed” by the staff there. Then, ship it to the expediting company and they’ll handle the Department of State for you.


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