Michigan DNR announces Free ORV Weekends

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Residents can purchase the Passport for just $ 11 ($ 5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State. Forgot to check “YES” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window …
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Halt in passport process restricts Palestinian movement
More than three months ago, I applied to the Interior Ministry in Ramallah, through its services office in Gaza, to renew my passport, which was set to expire in a few months. However, the scholarship's deadline passed [without my traveling to Turkey …
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Passport renewal facilitated for Egyptians residents in the Gulf

Passport renewal facilitated for Egyptians residents in the Gulf
Egypt's foreign ministry has agreed with Gulf countries that Egyptians living in these countries can travel home to Egypt to renew their expired electronic passports. In a Tuesday statement, the ministry said that Egypt had agreed with Saudi Arabia …
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Online renewal of passport
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Explore the stars at state parks
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Why is Peggy giving a big thumbs up? (10 photos)
I understand why, but now I am like 'uh-oh' I have no travel documents,” she said, smiling. (PHOTO: Peggy Lund gives a thumbs up during a citizenship ceremony as part of Passport to Unity on May 1, 2015 at Sault College. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday).
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Kuwait is failing its most loyal residents

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No Rajarhat land for passport office
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5 African nationals acquitted in fake passports case
A Delhi court has acquitted five African nationals, accused of possessing and providing fake passports to foreigners living illegally in India, saying that the prosecution has failed to prove its case and "non-joining of public witness created doubt in …
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Has the biological passport delivered clean or confused sport?
This was compounded by the desire of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to justify an industry that was testing 250,000 samples a year but still needed old-fashioned confessions, police raids and whistle-blowers to take down organised doping networks.
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Where Texas Residents Can Apply For A Passport

If you live in Texas and need to apply for a passport, there are a number of locations where you can do it. Besides the hundreds of passport application acceptance facilities, there are two regional agencies located in the state. Read on to discover where Texas residents can apply for a passport.

Since Texas is the state with the largest number of counties, it would take up too much space to list all the ones where an application acceptance facility can be found. The counties that have at least three or more locations where you can apply include Bexar, Brazos, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Johnson, Liberty, Lubbock, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Patricio, Tarrant, Travis, Webb, Wharton, Williamson.

If the county where you reside is not listed above, it does not necessarily mean that there to is no passport office located there. The best place to check is the post office, county clerk’s office or public library. If you discover that there is none, try looking in a neighboring county.

Dallas County has the highest number of locations. There are a dozen Texas passport offices in the state capital. Two are given below.

Austin Downtown Station Post Office
510 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701

Travis County District Clerk
1000 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701

When applying for a new passport, you have the option of either regular processing or expedited service. Your passport should be delivered in 4-6 weeks if you select regular processing. This time can be reduced to 2-3 weeks if you choose to expedite the application.

For situations in which you need to get a passport in less than two weeks, you can apply one of the regional passport agencies located in Texas or through a private expediting service. Either way, you can get your passport as quickly as the same day.

One passport agency is located in Houston and the other is in Dallas. The addresses of both are provided below.

Houston Passport Agency
George Thomas “Mickey” Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002

Dallas Passport Agency
Earle Cabell Federal Building
1100 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75242

Call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment at the agency nearest you. Frequently, it can take many attempts until you are attended. You need to take the completed, but unsigned application form, evidence of citizenship, proof of identity, two passport photos and the payment for the fees.

If you do not have time to schedule an appointment and visit one of the regional agencies, you can get your passport as quickly as the same day through a private expediter. Since you can apply online for this service, it is not necessary that the expediter be located in Texas.

Visit U.S. Passport Service Guide to access a list of Texas passport offices, download application forms and learn more about emergency passport expediting.

Where New York Residents Can Apply For A Passport

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Passport application acceptance facilities are located throughout the state of New York. The can be found in many post offices, public libraries and county government offices. Unless you need your passport in less than two weeks, you must visit one of these facilities to submit your application for a new passport using form DS-11.

You will find at least one application acceptance facility in each of the following counties or boroughs: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Kings, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, Yates.

If there is not an application facility in your county or borough, look for one in neighboring counties. Nassau County has the highest number of acceptance facilities with over fifty. Albany, the state capital, offers the following locations.

Albany County Clerk of Court
32 N Russell Road
Albany, New York 12206

Albany Post Office
45 Hudson Avenue
Albany, New York 12207

You can choose between regular and expedited processing when apply for a new passport. Regular processing of an application takes four to six weeks. Expedited service takes two to three weeks.

Applicants who need to get a passport in less than two weeks can make an appointment at the New York passport agency or authorize a private expediter to submit the application for them. The address for the regional agency is provided below.

New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621

The appointment is made by calling 1-877-487-2778 toll free. Sometimes, it can take many attempts to get through. Once the appointment is scheduled, you should arrive at the regional agency a few minutes early. Take the completed but unsigned application Form DS-11 and all the required documents, photos and payment with you. If everything is in order, you should walk out with your new passport in hand.

In emergency situations when you need to obtain your passport fast but are unable to set up an appointment and travel to the regional agency, a private expediter is your best option. There are several in New York.

Visit U.S. Passport Service Guide to access a list of New York passport offices, download application forms and learn more about emergency passport expediting.