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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


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


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


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


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?)


Get a Passport, Get a Job?

May 15th, 2014
Today's job market is tough. One way to make your resume stand out: get a passport, and study abroad.  According to CNN, only 1% of US students study abroad. Employers are increasingly seeking out candidates with this experience. That might be why Harvard Business School sent its entire 2012 class overseas. As reported by CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama recently got in on the act. She encouraged students to study abroad during a recent trip to China: "The benefits of studying abroad are almost endless," Obama said during the CNN iReport interview. "First of all, it is going to make you more marketable in the United States. More and more companies are realizing that they need people with experience around the world." Does studying abroad really make you more employable? Studies


Roomer is the Newest Site for Hotel Deals

March 31st, 2014
Looking for a way to save money on hotel reservations?  Find great deals on hotel rooms using Roomer! What is Roomer? Roomer provides a marketplace for people to resell prepaid, nonrefundable hotel reservations that they can no longer use. Their loss is your gain, as the rooms are typically available for steep discounts. Through Roomer, the person who originally reserved the room gets some of their money back, while you get to stay somewhere nice without spending a lot of money. Win-win, right? RushMyPassport is partnering with Roomer to help you find great hotel rates that otherwise wouldn't be available to you. The process is simple: Visit the Roomer website; search by city and/or desired travel dates. Find a hotel room that strikes your fancy at a price that won't hurt y


Customer Story: Helping Orphans in Vietnam

March 14th, 2014
At RushMyPassport, every customer has a story. We thought this one was especially worth sharing. Recently, we had the opportunity to help Hillary Brown, co-founder of HOW, an organization that helps children, the elderly and the disabled in Vietnam. Helping Orphans Worldwide HOW (Helping Orphans Worldwide) is a small charity, but it operates several remarkable projects, including: A program to help Vietnamese children affected by the rare skin disease Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which causes the skin to be so fragile that even the slightest friction causes painful blisters. HOW provides wound care supplies and other support to these children and their families, along with training for the medical professionals who care for them. A tutoring and mentorship program for children i


4 Reasons You Might Not Be Able to Use Your Passport

February 7th, 2014
True or False: Once issued, your passport is valid for travel until the day it expires. The answer is...FALSE, at least in some cases! Read on to see why you might not be able to use your valid passport for travel. 1. Your Passport Expires Too Soon If your passport expires in the next six months, you may need to renew it before you can travel. Some countries have laws that prevent you from entering if your passport expires within three to six months of either the date you enter or the date you leave. Show up at the airport with a passport that expires too soon, and you'll be shown the door.  If it expires in the next nine months, the State Department recommends you renew it now. If you have questions about a specific country's entry requirements, look it up on the Department of


How To Get Extra Passport Pages for Free

January 27th, 2014
Currently, it costs $82 to get additional pages added to your US passport, but you can avoid this fee with just a bit of forethought and a quick stroke of the pen. Here's how: Step 1: Check Your Passport's Expiration Date If you're running out of pages in the back and your passport expires in the next year, go ahead and renew it.  The Department of State recommends you renew 9 months in advance, anyway. Step 2:  Renew Your Passport  You can renew by mail as long as all of the following statements are true: Your current passport was issued when you were 16 or older, is in your possession and is undamaged. Your passport is 15 years old or less. Your current passport was issued in your current name or you have the legal documents to support a name change request. Step 3