Did you know that September is Passport Awareness Month? RushMyPassport is excited to join the nationwide celebration. This dedicated month serves as a reminder of the importance of passport readiness for travelers. RushMyPassport is committed to helping individuals stay travel-ready so they can be prepared for where the world takes them.

What is Passport Awareness Month?

Passport Awareness Month aims to promote awareness and understanding of passport requirements and the benefits of having a valid passport. In 2023, this initiative is more important than ever because of ongoing passport delays and extended processing times. As a registered participant in the U.S. Department of State Hand-Carry Program through Expedited Travel LLC, RushMyPassport actively participates in this initiative to help travelers with the technology, tools, and assistance they need to breeze through the passport application process.

In honor of Passport Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of State hosts passport fairs to encourage Americans to get their passports. Most passport fairs are designed for new first-time passport applicants, including children. Since passport renewals can be done by mail, you do not need to attend a passport fair to renew your passport unless it is damaged, or expired over 15 years. If you are unable to make it to one of the in-person passport fairs, you are still able to get your new passport quickly. Expedited passport applications can be completed through RushMyPassport or with your local FedEx Office

Why is Passport Awareness Month Important?

For international travel, a passport is essential. If you’re planning a trip abroad in the next 8 months, it’s wise to apply for one immediately. While standard processing typically takes 6-8 weeks, faster options are available. Choosing to expedite through the U.S. Department of State reduces the wait to 2-3 weeks. Alternatively, passport expediting companies can streamline this further, offering a turnaround as quick as 1 week while also avoiding delays by reviewing your application for common mistakes.

It’s crucial to research visa requirements for your intended destination before departure. Acquiring some visas can span several weeks, so starting early or opting for expedited services is recommended. For those already in possession of a passport, ensure it has a minimum of six months’ validity beyond your intended return date. If it’s set to expire within that six-month window, it’s advisable to renew it now.

How Can RushMyPassport Help?

  • Expedited Passport Services: RushMyPassport continues to offer expedited passport processing with 3-5 business days, 10 business days, 3 weeks, and 8 week service options available for all U.S. Passport types. This helps travelers obtain their passports swiftly and by U.S. Department of State regulations.
  • Online Application Assistance: The company provides an easy-to-use online platform that guides applicants through the passport application process step by step with detailed instructions, reducing errors and simplifying the overall experience.
  • Dedicated Customer Support: RushMyPassport’s team of expert passport advisors is there to help every step of the way. This allows applicants to get assistance with any questions or concerns about the passport application process, and support is available via phone, email, or chat.
  • Educational Resources: The company publishes informative articles, blog posts, and social media content on passport-related topics, such as passport renewals, child passports, travel restrictions, and passport validity rules. These resources are designed to educate further and inform travelers.
  • Passport Photo Compliance Tools: Simplify the passport photo process with convenient tools like the Passport Photo Creator app or by visiting a nearby FedEx Office or AAA location. These resources enable applicants to swiftly capture an ideal passport photo that adheres to government requirements.

Upcoming Passport Fairs

The list below is provided by the U.S. Department of State website. New events are added weekly so be sure to check out their page for the latest updates. Using the Acceptance Facility Search Tool, you can also locate a facility near you.

September 2023 Events

Location City State Date Time Appointments Required?
Verona Town Library (17 Gould St.) Verona NJ Tues, Sept 5 9am-3pm Yes
North Plainfield Library (6 Rockview Ave.) North Plainfield NJ Wed, Sept 6 4pm-7pm Yes
West Orange Park and Ride (560 Northfield Ave.) West Orange NJ Wed, Sept 6 9am-3pm Yes
Belleville Senior Center (125 Franklin Ave.) Belleville NJ Thurs, Sept 7 9am-3pm Yes
Totowa Public Library (537 Totowa Rd. at Cherba Place) Totowa NJ Thurs, Sept 7 5pm-7pm No
Rancho Mirage Post Office  Rancho Mirage CA Sat, Sept 9 9am-1pm No
Livingston Town Library (10 Robert H. Harp Dr.) Livingston NJ Sat, Sept 9 10am-1pm Yes
SIU-Edwardsville (7005 University Dr.) Edwardsville IL Tues, Sept 12 9am-4pm No
Hawthorne Municipal Building (445 Lafayette Ave.) Hawthorne NJ Tues, Sept 12 10am-1pm No
Verona Town Library (17 Gould St.) Verona NJ Tues, Sept 12 9am-3pm Yes
Peapack & Gladstone Library (Peapack & Gladstone Municipal Complex – School St.) Peapack NJ Wed, Sept 13 4pm-7pm Yes
West Caldwell Town Library (30 Clinton St.) West Caldwell NJ Wed, Sept 13 9am-3pm Yes
Bloomingdale Municipal Building (101 Hamburg Turnpike) Bloomingdale NJ Thurs, Sept 14 5pm-7pm No
Little Falls Municipal Building (225 Main St.) Little Falls NJ Thurs, Sept 14 10am-1pm No
Millburn Public Library (200 Glen Ave.) Millburn NJ Thurs, Sept 14 9:30am-3:30pm Yes
Edwardsville Public Library (112 S. Kansas St.) Edwardsville IL Fri, Sept 15 9am-4pm No
Town of Gypsum Gypsum CO Sat, Sept 16 9am-2:30pm Yes
Passaic County Clerk’s Satellite Office (1237 Ringwood Ave.) Haskell NJ Sat, Sept 16 9am-12pm No
Passaic County Clerk’s Office – Admin bldg. (401 Grand St. Room 130) Paterson NJ Sat, Sept 16 9am-12pm No
West Orange Park and Ride (560 Northfield Ave.) West Orange NJ Sat, Sept 16 9am-3pm Yes
Acton Post Office Granbury TX Sat, Sept 16 9am-4pm No
Kaskaskia College (27210 College Rd) Centralia IL Tues, Sept 19 9am-4pm No
Verona Town Library (17 Gould St.) Verona NJ Tues, Sept 19 9am-3pm Yes
McKendree University (400 N. Alton St) Lebanon IL Wed, Sept 20 9am-4pm No
Haledon Municipal Building (510 Belmont Ave. 3rd floor) Haledon NJ Wed, Sept 20 5pm-7pm No
Somerville Library (35 West End Ave.) Somerville NJ Wed, Sept 20 4pm-7pm Yes
West Orange Park and Ride (560 Northfield Ave.) West Orange NJ Wed, Sept 20 9am-3pm Yes
SW Illinois College (2500 Carlyle Ave.) Belleville IL Thurs, Sept 21 9am-4pm No
Livingston Town Hall (357 S. Livingston Ave.) Livingston NJ Thurs, Sept 21 9am-3pm Yes
Nutley Parks & Recreation Center (44 Park Ave.) Nutley NJ Fri, Sept 22 9am-3pm Yes
Monmouth University (400 Cedar Ave.) West Long Branch NJ Fri, Sept 22 9:30am-4:30pm No
West Caldwell Town Library (30 Clinton St.) West Caldwell NJ Sat, Sept 23 9am-3pm Yes
Shaker Heights Public Library  Shaker Heights OH Tues, Sept 26 11am-7pm No
North Haledon Municipal Building (103 Overlook Ave.) North Haledon NJ Tues, Sept 26 10am-1pm No
Verona Town Library (17 Gould St.) Verona NJ Tues, Sept 26 9am-3pm Yes
Warren Township Library (42 Mountain Blvd.) Warren NJ Wed, Sept 27 4pm-7pm Yes
Passaic County Camp Hope (1792 Union Valley Rd.) West Milford NJ Wed, Sept 27 10am-1pm No
Clifton Municipal Building (900 Clifton Ave., 1st flr conference room) Clifton NJ Thurs, Sept 28 10am-1pm No
Glen Ridge Library (240 Ridgewood Ave.) Glen Ridge NJ Thurs, Sept 28 9am-3pm Yes
Berkeley College Sponsored by the Alfred H. Bauman Public Library (44 Rifle Camp Rd, Community Hall) Woodland Park NJ Thurs, Sept 28 5pm-7pm No
Pima Community College East Campus Tucson AZ Sat, Sept 30 8:30am-12:30pm Yes
Georgia State University – Clarkston Campus Clarkston GA Sat, Sept 30 10am-3pm No