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How to Order a Passport at the Last Minute

Realizing that you've waited too long to apply for a passport is like being stuck in a bad dream. Terror and chagrin slowly mount as you realize the magnitude of your error. Unfortunately, since it's not a dream, you can't wake up. Good news: there's no need to panic! Yes, the passport application process usually takes weeks, but there are ways to order a passport at the last minute. Using a Passport Agency One way to get a passport quickly is to apply at a regional passport agency office. These agencies are operated by the Department of State and issue passports on site. Processing time varies depending on which agency you go to. However, they will generally get your passport to you within 24 hours to 5 business days, depending on when your departure date is. Now, here's the ca

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Submit Your Passport Application Without an Appointment

If you need a passport and you're having trouble finding the time to turn your passport application in, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10. That's when the Department of State will be holding the 4th annual "Passport Day in the USA" to encourage busy Americans to apply for passports. What is Passport Day? If you're lucky enough to live in one of the 24 cities that boast a regional passport agency office, it's the only day each year when you can just waltz in and submit your passport application without making an appointment. It's also the only day the office is open on weekends. Even if you're not located near a regional passport agency, many local passport acceptance facilities (like post offices, libraries and municipal buildings) are participating in the celebration as well

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Can I Track My Passport Application?

It's completely normal to feel just a wee bit nervous after you drop your passport application in the mail, especially if you're on a deadline. After all, not only do you need your passport for travel, the application packet also contains important personal documents like your birth certificate. Being able to track your passport application provides peace of mind while you wait for your new passport to arrive at your doorstep. The Department of State provides the ability to track applications via its website using the following steps: Go to the passport section of the State Department website. Select "Application Status" from the menu on the left side of the screen. Click on the "Check Application Status" link. Read the relevant privacy disclosures and hit "OK." Look up your

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University of Rhode Island Offers Passport Application Help

University of Rhode Island students had chance to get some help with their passport applications last week, thanks to a unique event held by the University's International Office. During the event, the International Office gave away 50 free passports, covering the application fees for those students lucky enough to be able to snag one. In addition, the office helped 30 more students with the passport application paperwork. In the university's student newspaper, University of Rhode Island Student Abroad and National Student Exchange Advisor Kendrick Delaney explained that the event had two main goals: helping students get a passport who might not otherwise be able to afford it, and increasing awareness of the passport office among the student body. Mr. Delaney, who has lived in the Ca

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Turn In Your Passport Application To Win a Free Trip to Chile

Do you love wine and travel? If so, here's a travel contest that's tailor-made for you: The Wines of Chile Experience. (Via Gadling.) If you win, you'll get two free flights to Chile (one for you, one for a guest), as well as five nights of accommodations at a boutique hotel or winery, food and drink, activities and transportation within Chile. The total value of the prize package is "not to exceed $15,000," so there should be enough of a budget for you to really enjoy yourself! To enter, you'll need to visit the "Wines of Chile" Facebook page. The page lists 5 themes: For the Love of Chile; Wine and Stars; Horses and Huasos; Harvest Holiday and Urban Wine Retreat. Upload 5 of your own original photographs, one for each theme. The deadline is November 4th, and on November 5th, the co

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Get Your Passport Application: Passport Day is This Weekend!

Been meaning to turn in that passport application? Life does get hectic, and it's easy to just keep putting chores like that off. However, you shouldn't wait until the last minute to apply for a passport. It's just a bad idea. Now, thanks to the Department of State's annual Passport Day in the USA holiday, you don't have to. This event has been held for the past three years, and it gives people who don't have a lot of time during the week a chance to submit their passport applications at a more convenient time. During Passport Day, all twenty four of the Department of State's Regional Passport Agency offices are open on Saturday, with no appointment required. Many local passport acceptance facilities like post offices, libraries and clerks of court are open for the day, as well. Usually

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Want to Visit Cuba Legally? Get Your Passport Application Now!

If you've always wanted to visit Cuba without breaking the law, you'd better get your passport application in now. Under President Obama, the US Treasury Department has begun to issue "people-to-people" licenses to travel companies, allowing them to take ordinary Americans on guided tours of the island. According to the New York Times, the government has been taking its sweet time when it comes to issuing the licenses, but nevertheless, eight tour operators have already been given the go-ahead. Tom Popper, the director of Insight Cuba, one of the travel companies to receive a coveted permit, explained to the New York Times how easy the new permits make it for Americans to visit Cuba: "“All a U.S. citizen has to do is sign up for an authorized program and they can go to Cuba. It’s

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New York Representatives Try to Reduce Passport Application Costs

Getting a passport has never been more essential for anyone who wants to travel outside of the US. Laws that became effective over the past few years have made passports necessary where they weren't before, including many trips to Mexico and Canada. Unfortunately, passport application fees have also never been more expensive. Last July, passport prices increased and fees were added for formerly free services like adding passport pages. Now, two New York congressional representatives, concerned that more stringent passport requirements and higher costs could keep their constituents from being able to cross over freely into Canada, have introduced a bill to help ease the burden of getting a passport. Representatives Brian Higgins and Kathy Hochul are co-sponsoring two bills which, if p

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Get Your Passport Application in Now for the Dominican Republic

Aarrr, me hearties! If the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie has you craving a taste of the pirate's life, you need to book tickets to the Dominican Republic this summer. A few years ago, divers exploring the reefs off Catalina island stumbled upon the skeletal remains of Quedagh Merchant, a ship last captained by a real pirate of the Caribbean, Captain Kidd. The ship, laden with treasure, was captured by Kidd and his crew off the coast of India in 1698. It was one of Captain Kidd's only successful plunders- he was technically a privateer, or a pirate employed by the British Navy to capture other pirates and prey on the ships of rival navies. So, he didn't attack every ship he came across. This enraged his crew, which was far less concerned with staying on the good side of the Royal Na

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How to Get a Child Passport

All children, no matter how young, need a passport of their own to leave the country by air and in some cases by land and sea. The procedure for getting a child passport is somewhat different from the procedure for getting an adult passport. Concerns about children being abducted and taken overseas have prompted the Department of State to build safeguards against this practice into the passport application process for minors. Here's what you need to know to make the process go as smoothly as possible: Applying in Person All children must apply for their passports in person, even if the child has been issued a passport previously and you wish to renew it. In most cases, you can simply apply at the nearest passport acceptance office, often a post office or library. Even though y

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