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Passport Renewal Alert: Apply Now or Risk Delays Later

November 6th, 2015
Is there a passport renewal in your future? Apply now or risk delays later, according to the US Department of State.  Processing delays are possible through 2018. Here's what you need to know. Passport Renewal Surge Will Increase Demand Applying for a new passport or a passport renewal? Experts have always advised, "Apply Early." So what else is new? Why is the State Department making a special effort to get people to apply now? What's new is that demand for passport services is increasing. In 2011, 12, 13, 15 passports were issued. In fiscal year 2015, that number jumped to over 14.3 million. On top of all that, the demand for passport renewals is expected to skyrocket over the next two years.  Why? Because 2017 is the ten year anniversay of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiati


Missed Your Local Passport Day? What To Do Next

October 27th, 2015
It's passport season again! Across the country, post offices, libraries and passport agencies are holding special after-hours "Passport Day" events, making it easy and convenient to apply for a new passport. Is there one near you? Passport Days 2015: Upcoming Events Location: Richmond, VA Main Post Office, 1801 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23232 The main post office in Richmond is celebrating Halloween with a Passport Fair from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 31st. During this time, the post office will be accepting passport applications and answering questions. Location: Ottoville, OH Ottoville High School 650 W 3rd St, Ottoville, OH 45876 Ottoville High School's National Honor Society is hosting a Passport Fair on Friday, November 9th from 5:30-8:00 pm. If you're in


Passport Requirements for Mexico Will Now Be Enforced

September 25th, 2015
Attention, travelers: Mexico wants to see your passport! Passport requirements for Mexico are now being enforced at the new Puerta Este border crossing into Tijuana. You'll also need to fill out a form and get a $20 permit if you plan to stay more than a week.  It's always been a good idea to carry a passport or a passport card when visiting Mexico. More than that, it's been a requirement to get back into the United States since 2009. For more information, see Do You Need a Passport to Go to Mexico? However, in the past Mexico has been quite lax about asking for passports from US visitors crossing over  by land. Pedestrians could simply walk across the border. This policy led to confusion for some on the way back into the United States, as US Customs and Border Patrol officers expec


Find The Closest Regional Passport Agency Near You

September 21st, 2015
                  If you are in a hurry to get your passport, you can apply at one of 26 US Regional Passport Agencies around the country (listed below). The first thing you should do is call the Automated Appointment System at 1-877-487-2778 and make an appointment. This system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no fee to schedule an appointment. Passport agency hours vary from location to location so make sure you coordinate your appointment with the proper agency. Make sure you have all of the required documents upon arrival at the agency. Proof of travel is also required at most agencies so bring your itinerary with you. Electronic itineraries on your smart phone are not valid.


Last Minute Travel Equals Last Minute Passports

July 30th, 2015
The era of long vacations planned months ahead of time is slowly drawing to a close. People are now more inclined to book short visits to exotic lands when they see their schedule can accommodate them. This means less time to plan, and last minute reservations are on the rise. This also means that people are scrambling to get or renew their passports. specializes in expediting your passport so you can make your dream escape a reality. For most U.S. citizens, the closest place to make your exotic escape is the Caribbean or Mexico. These locations are only a short flight away so you can spend more time where you want to go and less time getting there. Planning a trip at the last minute can be tricky. Luckily, there are many travel companies that can help. One


Passport Applications Accepted in Evening Event in Somers, NY

July 22nd, 2015
Do you need to apply for a passport in Somers, New York? Wednesday, July 22 is your lucky day! The Westchester County Clerk's office will be accepting passport applications at Reis Park in Somers from 6 to 8:30 pm. The evening hours are especially helpful for people who have to work during the day, when most of the places that accept passport applications are open.  Instead of trying to squeeze a trip to the post office or county clerk's office into a an already too short lunch break, you can stop by the park after you get off work. County clerk office staff will be accepting applications for new passports, for replacing lost and stolen passports, for passport renewals and for passports for children. However, if you're renewing your passport, you can probably print off the forms you


Passport Validity Requirements for Top Destinations

July 22nd, 2015
There's a passport requirement you may not know about, and it could cost you your trip. No matter how long you plan to stay, many countries require that your passport has at least six months left before it expires. If it expires any sooner than that, they'll turn you away. Does your passport expire this year? We've compiled a list of passport requirements for the most popular destinations according to market research firm Euromonitor. Read on to see whether or not you'll need a passport renewal before your next trip. Passport Validity Requirements for Mexico Mexico is by far the most popular US destination, with 21,297,000 US visitors expected this year.  Returning to the US from Mexico is covered under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). What does that mean to you


Warning: New Passport Requirements for Sport Fishing Mexico

June 25th, 2015
Planning a fishing trip near the coast of Mexico? There are some new passport requirements you need to know.  Anglers now need a passport to fish in waters within 12 miles of the coast of Mexico, even if they leave from the United States and never step foot on dry land. To fish in the waters off Mexico, you need an FMM visa. Previously, the government of Mexico would issue these visas with just a government-issued ID, or even a birth certificate. Now, you need a passport. This isn't really a new rule; in fact, the passport requirement has been in place for a number of years. Now, Mexico has gotten serious about enforcement. As Ken Franke, president of the Sportfishing Association of California, explained to the San Diego Tribune: “For those applying for an FMM (visa), the governm


New Passport Office Opens in Virginia

June 11th, 2015
There's a new passport office available for Virginia residents, just in time for the busy summer travel season. If you live in or near Roanoke, Virginia, you can now apply for a passport at the South County Library in Southwest Roanoke County. If you work during the day, you'll be pleased to note that this new passport office location offers convenient evening and Saturday hours, too! No need to request time off work or to spend your lunch break doing paperwork instead of eating. Now, you can just make an appointment at the library. As Michael Meise, Roanoke County Public Library assistant director, told the Roanoke Times: “There is a limited number of passport acceptance facilities in the Roanoke Valley, and none of those are open past 5 p.m. Libraries are a natural fit for thi


When Do You Need a New Passport Photo?

June 2nd, 2015
[caption id="attachment_4121" align="aligncenter" width="655"] © Karenfoleyphotography | - Passport Picture Photo[/caption] Love it or hate it, you're stuck with your passport photo for the next decade. But what happens if your appearance changes? Will you need a new passport photo? In most cases, no, according to the State Department.  Rebecca Dodds, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, told, "As passports are valid for 10 years, the Department (of State) understands that applicants may undergo significant changes between the time the passport is initially issued and the time it is renewed."  Fashions may change with the season, but passport control officers are trained to look at facial features that stay constant. So, you can go from preppy