If you are traveling soon and you need your passport during a government shutdown, you need to apply for your passport immediately. The COVID-19 impact has currently reduced passport agency hours, causing many passport services to be unavailable at this time. Many of the past government shutdowns only keep the passport offices open while funds are available. Currently, routine processing takes approximately 8-11 weeks when applying directly through the Department of State.Read Article
What are the cruise passport requirements? For most cruises, a valid passport is often the best ID to carry. The U.S. Department of State recommends all travelers carry a valid passport anytime you leave the country.Read Article
There’s no denying that traveling to another country can be a life-changing event, especially when you’re young. I know I’ll never forget my art-history-themed senior trip to Europe, for example. It was an amazing and humbling experience to realize how big the world outside of America is.Read Article
Earlier this year, C.G.P Grey crunched some numbers to find out the approximate percentage of people in each state who owned passports. Alabama was fourth from the bottom, with only 25.03% of its residents owning passports.Read Article
One common question we get asked here at RushMyPassport is whether or not you can be denied a passport if you owe taxes. In most cases, the answer is no: the IRS does not share its tax data with the Department of State, and current law does not allow passports to be denied simply because you owe the government money (though if you’ve got a criminal case against you for tax evasion, that might be a different story).Read Article
*The passport fees have recently changed. As of April 2nd, 2018, the passport acceptance fee has gone up from $25 to $35.
The debate over the State Department’s proposed fee hike for passport services continues, with lawmakers and State Department officials arguing back and forth about whether the new fees are justified, especially given the current state of the economy.Read Article