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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. RushMyPassport.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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When Do You Need a New Passport Photo?

June 2nd, 2015
[caption id="attachment_4121" align="aligncenter" width="655"] © Karenfoleyphotography | Dreamstime.com - 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 CNN.com, "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

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US Passport Security Features: 4 Facts You Didn’t Know

March 25th, 2015
The first US passports were simple pieces of paper. Times have changed, and today's passports rely on cutting-edge technology to protect against forgery.  While most of that technology is top-secret, here are four elements that distinguish a real passport from a fake. Ink: More than Meets the Eye Put your passport under a black light and prepare to be amazed, as special fluorescent ink creates glowing patterns across the pages. While this makes for a cool party trick, the UV-reactive ink is actually a security feature. According to a recent article in Gizmodo, your passport is printed using a variety of specialized inks with properties that are difficult for forgers to duplicate. As another example, some text is printed in ink that changes colors as you move it. And that's only

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Mega California Passport Office Now Open

November 4th, 2014
As of October 2014, two post offices have opened "mega passport acceptance offices".  These California passport office locations are part of a pilot program that will eventually include seven passport application locations.   Here's the scoop on the new facilities: Van Nuys Passport Application Location Address: 15701 Sherman Way Van Nuys, CA 91409 Phone Number: (818) 374-5650 Office hours: Tuesday through Friday : 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa Clarita Passport Application Location Address: 28201 Franklin Parkway Santa Clarita CA 91383  Phone Number:  661-775-7166 Office Hours:  Tuesday through Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm Saturday:  9:00am - 5:00pm According to the LA Times, a third office is expected to open in Glend

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Global Entry: What Happens When I Renew My Passport?

October 8th, 2014
If you're a Global Entry member, you may be wondering what happens when it's time to renew (or replace) your passport. Will you need to register the new passport with the Global Entry program? Will you need to get a new sticker for your new passport? First, the bad news: Your Global Entry account doesn't update automatically. Now for the good news: Unless you've changed your name, you can update your information online using your GOES (Global Entry Online Enrollment System) account. You actually don't need a sticker on your passport to use the Global Entry kiosks, as long as the information stored in the system is current. However, if you want a new sticker, you can visit a Global Entry, Nexus or SENTRI enrollment center to have one placed on your new passport. It's up to you. P

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Lost Passport Statistics: Could It Happen To You?

August 28th, 2014
Worried about losing your passport? Most Americans don't give the possibility a second thought, according to a new survey released by Mandala Research. The group surveyed 1,000 Americans to gauge their concerns about lost or stolen passports. Here are the results: 87 percent of respondents said they were "confident in their ability to protect their passport during travel." Only 2 percent of respondents had experienced a lost or stolen passport In a press release, Laura Mandala, managing director of Mandala Research, said: "Americans love to travel, but when it comes to matters of personal security and identity theft, these are hot button issues that raise concerns. We undertook the study to see if passport theft was a deterrent to international travel, and the numbers indi

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Travel Vaccines and Travel Medicine: What You Need to Know

May 15th, 2014
Traveling internationally?  Don't bring any exotic diseases home as unwanted souvenirs -- get the right vaccines before you leave! What Travel Vaccines Do You Need? Which vaccines will you need to protect yourself? The answer depends on a number of different factors, including: Which vaccines you've already had. The countries you'll be traveling to. When you plan to travel. The activities you plan to engage in. Additionally, some countries may require a yellow fever vaccine as one of their entry requirements. Travel Medicine Risk Factors Even within the same country, some itineraries are riskier than others.  Here are some risk factors to consider: Where you'll be staying (are you staying in a five-star hotel, a hostel, or couchsurfing in someone's home?)

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