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How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?

If traveling abroad is on the agenda in the near future, now is the time to start the process of applying for a passport.

A passport is a document which is issued by a national government as a means of identification for the person who holds it. It certifies the identity and nationality of the person listed on the document, which is important when traveling internationally.

In the United States, passports are issued through one of the State Department's 14 passport issuing centers. They also can be issued through clerks at federal and state courts, designated post offices and U.S. consular authorities in foreign countries for citizens who are living abroad. Persons applying for a passport must provide proof of citizenship and residency at the time of the application, as well as a passport-specific photo. Acceptable proof of citizenship and residency includes an original birth certificate or notarized copy and a valid driver's license.

Passport-specific photos also are required at the time of application. Be sure to use a photographer who is qualified to take passport photos, as there are specific requirements for how a person must appear in them in order for them to be valid for usage.

If it is your first time obtaining a passport, there are a few things to know prior to applying. First and foremost, you must apply in person at a passport-issuing agency. A copy of your original birth certificate, or a notarized copy, must be presented at the time of application. You also will need proof of residency, such as a driver's license, a pay stub or utility bills. A passport-appropriate photo also must accompany your passport application. Applications can be received in person at a passport-issuing agency, or downloaded online from the U.S. Department of State website.

Others who must apply in person are those under the age of 16, or if your first passport was issued when you were under 16. If your original passport was lost or stolen, you also are required to appear in person to request a new one. Also, if you have married or recently changed your name, you must appear in person to request an updated passport.

Those who are simply replacing an expiring passport can complete the process entirely online. A passport renewal application (form DS-82) is available on the U.S. Department of State website. The old passport must be sent in with the renewal application in order for the renewal to be processed.

Processing times for passports vary depending on the season and the demand for new or replacement passports occurring at that time. In 2009, when the United States changed travel rules requiring passports to travel between the United States and Canada, there was an influx of new passport applications which bogged down the system. At that time, it was reported that passports were taking roughly four to five months to process.

Currently, routine passports are being processed in approximately four to six weeks, according to processing information provided by the U.S. Department of State. Passport expediting services, however, can shorten this time to as little as 24 hours. As processing times are subject to change, it is best to check the U.S. Department of State's website prior to applying for or renewing an existing passport. If you know travel which would require a passport is in the near future, do not wait to apply, or consider using a passport expediting service in order to get the passport sooner.

Passports expire every 10 years for citizens over the age of 18 and every five years for those under 18. Upon expiration, passports must be replaced if the holder wishes to continue having one. Because people change in appearance with age, passports cannot simply be renewed, but must be completely replaced, including with an updated photo of the passport holder.

The strongest passports in the world all come from the same region- and it's an ocean away from the US

Passport strength measures how easy it is to travel for citizens of each country. Countries in Western Europe dominate the list of strongest passports, according to financial consulting company Nomad Capitalist. The US passport allows Americans to travel ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:46:00 GMT

Lost and found: Missing passports

Update: 2:41PM THE Fiji Police Force is requesting information that could assist in locating the owners of some valuable items discovered by the Police Traffic team. The team found two passports, a black hand bag and a white purse last Friday at the ANZ ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:54:00 GMT

Tibetan travel agent held for selling fake passports

MUMBAI: The police on Monday arrested a 39-year-old Tibetan wanted in a seven-month-old case where he collected Rs 1 lakh each from two persons and promised to help them reach Paris. Yolmu Thashi (39), a travel agent who had gone into hiding after taking ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Punish Director of Passports over acquisition delays - Prof Adei

Public Service Management expert and former head of GIMPA Professor Stephen Adei has called on government to hold the head of passports responsible over undue delays in the acquisition of passports in the country. The comment comes on the back of hints by ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:52:00 GMT

Aadhaar Necessary To Open Bank Accounts, Tatkal Passports; Clarifies UIDAI

After SC extended the deadline to link Aadhaar card to various services, UIDAI has clarified that requirement of Aadhaar for opening new bank accounts as well as applying for tatkal passports will continue. In a series of tweets, UIDAI (Unique ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:41:00 GMT

Absent-minded border guard is caught browsing social media on her phone while she stamps travellers' passports

The border guard was caught browsing a profile on Facebook while she absent-mindedly reviewed traveller's documents. Shocking footage shows her rubber-stamping the series of documents but between each one she looks at her phone again. The guard even ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:51:00 GMT

Passports fund strikes deal to acquire 49% of Lombard Bank shares

The National Development and Social Fund - the government-appointed fund that gets its money from the sale of passports - has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 49.01% of the shares of Lombard Bank from Cyprus Popular Bank. The acquisition ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:17:00 GMT

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Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:16:00 GMT

Sabah firm ends practice of holding migrant workers' passports

KOTA KINABALU: An oil palm plantation company in Lahad Datu has become the first company in the state to end the practice of retaining passports of its migrant workers. Wilmar International Limited (Wilmar) has installed 10,000 easy-to-access lockers at ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:42:00 GMT

Cop nabbed for stealing passports

(ANSA) - Palermo, March 15 - An Italian policeman was arrested in Marsala Thursday on suspicion of stealing passports and residency permits and selling them on the black market. Also arrested was a Moroccan national, the cop's alleged accomplice.

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:02:00 GMT

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