Tips for Renewing Your US Passport
Tips for Renewing Your US Passport
Are you planning on traveling internationally this year?? If so, check your passport to make sure it is valid for travel. Most countries require that your passport be valid 6 months PAST the date of your return from travel. So… check those passports, and if they need to be renewed, here are some helpful tips when Renewing Your Passport.
The best advice we can give is to allow yourself plenty of time for passport renewal, and consider paying for the expedited service to give yourself a bit more leeway to ensure you receive it back well before your planned travel dates.
If your expiring passport is still in good shape, was issued within the last 15 years and after you turned 16 years old you can renew it by mail. Fill out the DS-82 passport renewal application, which you’ll send in with your expiring passport, fees and a two-by-two-inch photo which you can have taken properly at your local CVS or Walgreens.
The State Department even offers a passport fee calculator for users to determine the exact amount they’ll need to write their check for. Additionally, the State Department has a photo tool that travelers can use to crop and size their photos if they already have one that meets the necessary requirements. (ie: The correct size of a passport photo is: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Do not wear a hat or head covering or glasses.)
You can begin to track your application status online about two weeks after you’ve mailed it in. Keep in mind that mailing times are not included in processing times and officials warn that it could take up to two weeks for your mailed passport application to arrive at an agency and another two weeks for it to reach your mailbox after being printed.
If waiting for several weeks is not an option, you can request an appointment at a passport agency, but this is only for emergency or urgent travel. Applicants must be “traveling within 72 hours” or three business days. This is only in an emergency such as a serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family. For those with urgent travel within two weeks, officials will require proof of immediate international travel such as purchased airline or cruise tickets.
Have additional questions regarding Passport Renewal?? Don’t Hesitate To Call Your Trusted Trasformativa Travel Agent!!
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