Travel Tips and Passport Information

New Birth Certificate Requirements for Passport Applications

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If you’re applying for a passport, you should be aware that the Department of State¬†revised its guidelines concerning which birth certificates it will accept as proof of citizenship.

As of April 1st, 2011, all birth certificates submitted with passport applications must include your parent or parents’ names. So, before you send in your paperwork, take your birth certificate and double-check to make sure that your parents’ names are on the document.

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How To Apply For A New Passport Card

The passport card is a valid federal ID primarily for travelers that visit Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean by land and sea. It is the size and shape of a driver’s license, and conveniently fits in your wallet.

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Do You Need a Passport to Go to Canada?

Do you need a passport to go to Canada? Yes, a passport is now required for all international travel. However, there are some exceptions for minors and certain cruises. While there may be some circumstances where a passport is not required, the smart and safe traveler will carry a valid passport for all travel outside the country.

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Passport Photos: Where to Get Them

The passport photo is the number one reason for applications to be denied. It’s important you take the perfect passport photo to avoid costly delays. Routine passport processing takes 6-8 weeks or longer.

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