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- Passport Requirements for Cruises
- New Passport Laws For 2010: What You Need to Know
- Do You Need a Passport To Go To The Bahamas?
- Do You Need A Passport To Go To Mexico?
- Do You Need a Passport to Go to the Virgin Islands?
- Do You Need a Passport to Go to Jamaica?
- Passport Processing Time Increases: Here’s How To Cut in Line
- Can You Buy Beer with a Passport?
- New Passport Technology for 2016
- New Passport Requirements for 2016: Know Before You Go
- How to Get a Passport in New Mexico in 2016
- Flying in 2016? You Won’t Need a Passport For Domestic Flights
- How Safe Is Your US Passport? 3 Rules to Follow
- Passport Renewal Alert: Apply Now or Risk Delays Later
- Missed Your Local Passport Day? What To Do Next
- Passport Requirements for Mexico Will Now Be Enforced
U.S. Passport Guide : Travel Advice and Passport Information
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,
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
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
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...
Trying to get a passport in New Mexico? You're not alone in your frustration. A flood of passport applications has overwhelmed post offices across the state. Here's how to cut through the red tape and get your passport fast! The Real ID Act: Do You Need a Passport for Domestic Flights? Why is it so hard to get a passport in New Mexico all of the sudden? On January 10th, the government was expected to begin fully enforcing the Real ID Act, a law passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks to make driver's licenses and state IDs more secure. New Mexico driver's licenses are not compliant with the Real ID Act. If the law were being fully enforced, a New Mexico driver's license would no longer be accepted to board domestic flights. At the last minute, on January 8th, the Dep
UPDATE: No passports needed for domestic flights...for now. The Department of Homeland Security has announced they will not start enforcing REAL ID at airports until January 2018. A passport for domestic flights? In 2016, your driver's license may not cut it at the airport. Read on to find out why and what you can do about it. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act. In response to the 9/11 attacks, the REAL ID Act laid out the security standards that state driver's licenses and IDs would have to meet to be accepted for air travel. If you live in a REAL ID-compliant state, you probably noticed that you had to bring additional documents last time you renewed your driver's license. But not all states are compliant. In fact, several states have been playing a game of chicken w
How safe is your US passport? The US has one of the most powerful passports in the world. As a result, it's also one of the most sought-after by criminals. These 3 rules will help you protect your passport from thieves when you travel. Rule #1: Three Places to NEVER Leave Your US Passport Protecting your passport means keeping it somewhere defensible. NEVER leave it in any of these places: Your back pocket: This is the easiest pocket to pickpocket. You don't have eyes in the back of your head. A backpack: See above, except at least you're a little more likely to feel someone getting frisky with your back pocket. Purse: It's surprisingly easy for thieves and pickpockets to separate you from your purse or to get into your purse without you realizing. (more…)
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
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
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