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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


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...


How to Get a Passport in New Mexico in 2016

January 11th, 2016
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


Flying in 2016? You Won’t Need a Passport For Domestic Flights

December 16th, 2015
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? 3 Rules to Follow

December 5th, 2015
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…)


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