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How To Find A Passport Fair Near You

April 20th, 2016
You need a passport, but you never seem to be able to make it to the post office to apply. Sound familiar?  This spring, check out one of the many upcoming passport fairs around the country, and you will no longer be constrained by traditional office hours.  Is there a passport fair near you? Whatever you do, don't wait to apply for a passport if you'll need one this year. Summer is peak passport season! During the summer months, longer wait times are the norm for passport applications.  It's not unusual for it take to up to 10 weeks to receive your passport in the mail. That's in a good year. This year is not a good year. The State Department is expecting a flood of applications, which could create additional delays. That means more waiting. Nobody likes waiting, especially

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Spring Break 2016: 9 Amazing Last Minute Destinations

March 21st, 2016
No Spring Break plans? Don't spend it on the couch watching TV as life passes you by! These 9 destinations guarantee an amazing Spring Break, even at the last minute.  You can either go join the party at one of 2016's most popular destinations, or you can go off the beaten path for a more laid-back atmosphere. The choice is yours. Read on to discover 5 of the most popular Spring Break destinations plus 4 "hidden gems." The Top Destinations for Spring Break 2016 Looking for a traditional Spring Break experience? Does partying with thousands of your new closest friends sound like your cup of tea? Here are the top five Spring Break destinations for US travelers: South Padre Island, Texas Every year, tens of thousands of college students flock to this sandy Texas island in the G

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4 Passport Renewal Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

March 8th, 2016
Have you renewed your passport recently? Check it over closely to be sure the information on the personal data page is correct. Mistakes are rare, but they do happen, and must be corrected before traveling. As you admire your new passport, check for the following passport renewal mistakes: Passport Renewal Mistakes: Your Name is Wrong Is your name spelled correctly? Even if you have an easy one like "John Smith," check and make sure. Typos and spelling mistakes are not unheard of and could wreck your trip if not corrected in time. For example, this unfortunate gentleman on FlyerTalk may have missed out on a major business trip:  "I got the Passport back today and my last name was misspelled. I double checked the application and I spelled it correctly there (it was also spelled co

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Do You Need a Passport to Register to Vote?

February 29th, 2016
Do you need a passport to register to vote? In some states, you just might. Voters in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia are required to prove citizenship when they register to vote, using either a birth certificate or a passport. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been fighting for years to require citizens to submit proof of citizenship when they register. In 2011, the state passed the Secure and Fair Elections Act. One of its requirements, which became effective in 2013, was that Kansas residents must submit proof of citizenship to register to vote. Sounds fair, right? Opponents of the law note that voter fraud is not a significant problem in the US at this time. Research indicates it's almost nonexistent. In fact, Kobach's own research examined 84 million votes from 22 states

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How to Take a Passport Photo Like Prince

February 22nd, 2016
Prince shared his passport photo on Twitter...and the Internet exploded.  Writers called it "sheer perfection," "game-changing" and even "so aggressively sexual it should be illegal." Mashable writer Jim Roberts tweeted "You'll never have a passport photo like this. So give up." But do you have to give up? Are the rest of us mere mortals doomed to carry around humiliating passport photos for the next decade? We say "No more!"  After analyzing Prince's Internet-famous passport pic to find out what makes it so special, and combing the web for advice from stylists and makeup artists, RushMyPassport presents: a 5 step plan to help you take a better passport photo. Step 1: Choose The Right Clothes for a Great Passport Photo In his photo, Prince sports a black brocade jacket ov

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Entry Requirements for Schengen Countries, Or How Not To Ruin a Trip To Europe

February 16th, 2016
Planning a trip to Europe? Quick, check the expiration date on your passport! If it expires in 6 months or less from your arrival date, you'd better apply for a passport renewal now. I know what you're probably thinking: Why six months? I'll be long gone by then! I don't want to pay to renew my passport when there's still half a year left before it expires! Unfortunately, if you don't have enough extra time on your passport, you might not make it to Europe at all. You see, back in 2013, all of the countries in the Schengen Borders Agreement began turning back visitors if their passports expired within 3 months of the date they planned to leave the Schengen area and go home. Entry Requirements for Schengen Countries: What is the Schengen Agreement, Anyway? In a nutshell, the Sc

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Passport Processing Time Increases: Here’s How To Cut in Line 

February 9th, 2016
How long does it take to get a passport? Longer than it did just a few weeks ago.  Will you get yours on time? And if you're in a hurry, can you get it any faster? As we previously reported, the State Department has been expecting a record number of passport applications to come in starting this year.  This flood of applications could increase passport processing time through 2018. And now, it begins. Last week, the State Department raised the passport processing time to 6 weeks for regular processing and 3 weeks for passports expedited through the post office. Prior to this, expectations were 4 to 6 weeks for regular processing and 2 to 3 weeks for expedited processing. Wait times are likely to get even longer as more applications pile up. According to ABC Eyewitness News,

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Can You Buy Beer with a Passport? 

February 1st, 2016
Can you buy beer with a passport?  A passport is a federally-issued picture ID. It shows your birthdate. So it should be fine to use, right? In theory, yes.  In practice, it depends. Where Can You Buy Beer With A Passport? The drinking age is 21 in every state. That said, ID requirements vary from state to state and even from store to store.   Most states do allow passports to be used as ID when buying alcohol. However, these laws don't necessarily require passports be accepted. For example, in Maryland: Maryland state law does not require counties to accept passports and different counties have different policies...State law states only that businesses “may accept” driver's license, identification card or a military ID card. Even in areas where passports have been e

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New Passport Technology for 2016

January 26th, 2016
This year, international travelers will see some new passport-related technology if they pass through certain airports. Here's the scoop on the new tech you might encounter, where you can expect to find it and what it means to you. Biometric Face Scanners Travelers returning through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York may have their faces scanned with a biometric face scanner as they go through Customs. The scanner matches your face with the passport photo that's stored on the RFID chip in your passport. The technology was originally tested at Dulles airport in Washington, DC last year. It is being used for foreign visitors coming from countries that participate in the visa waiver program and for random checks on returning US citizens, according to CBS News.  Why is Customs an

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New Passport Requirements  for 2016: Know Before You Go 

January 20th, 2016
Did you know there are new passport requirements for 2016? The new year has arrived, and so have new travel requirements that could leave you stranded. Read on to learn more about these new passport rules and keep your travel plans on track: New Passport Requirements for 2016: No More Adding Pages Frequent travelers, take notice. Before 2016, it was a simple matter to add extra visa pages once you'd filled up your passport. Not any more. Effective January 1, 2016, once you've used up all your visa pages, it's time to renew your passport. Actually, it's best to renew before you've used up all your visa pages. Some countries like to make a statement with their passport stamps, which can take up more than one page.  Don't have enough pages left?  Too bad! Back to the US you go...

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