TopConsumerReviews.com fast passports
      July 17, 2018

Home  >  Passports  >  Articles

Best

Passport Services

  1. Fast Passport Center
  2. Fastport Passport
  3. Travel Visa Pro
  4. Visa HQ
  5. ABriggs
  6. Rush My Passport
  7. Travisa

Compare Products

  • Select any 2 companies in our reviews to compare them head-to-head!
  • Compare

Your Information Is Secure
The Budget Travel Guide Newsletter

Latest Reviews

Business Cards

Company Incorporation

Credit Repair Companies

Green Cards

Home Warranties

Meal Delivery

Medical Alert Systems

Pet Insurance

Refrigerators

VPN Services

 

Related Articles

Benefits of a Passport Company

Do You Need A Passport For A Cruise?

How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?

Passports vs Travel Visas

Preparing for Travel

Safe Traveling

What To Do If Your Passport Is Lost or Stolen

When Do You Need A Passport?

 

Top Consumer Reviews Articles

TopConsumerReviews.com provides unique articles that you won't find anywhere else on the internet. These articles are designed to help you make the most informed decisions possible.

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.

Couple loses passports, $1,800 hotel reservation on 'nightmare' vacation

Next time you board an international flight, double - no, triple - check that your passport is with you. Otherwise, you may run the risk of ruining your vacation, just like 27-year-old couple Lewis Mu...

Published:  Sun, 08 Jul 2018 10:39:00 GMT



IRS Begins Revoking Passports of Americans Owing Back Taxes

Not only does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have the power to seize your property, put liens on your property, and criminally prosecute you for your failure to "consent" to the federal tax on you...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:34:00 GMT



New centers to accelerate handing electronic passports

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior announced yesterday that the new electronic passports centers are for handing of the passports while the old service centers are designated for submitting requ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT



Soldiers don't always need passports to deploy overseas, but may run into problems without them

VICENZA, Italy - A Vicenza-based soldier recently taking a bus trip to Croatia was denied entry at the Slovenia border because he didn't have a passport, only a passport card. He had to take a taxi to ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:46:00 GMT



Congress Colluded With IRS to Strip Citizens of Passports

In an extremely troubling move three years ago, the Republican-controlled Congress handed the Internal Revenue Service the power to strip individuals of one of the most important and tangible rights p...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:01:00 GMT



The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World

You would think that a passport is your key to the world, but did you know that not all passports are alike It's true. Some countries' passports only get you into a few countries, based on relations ...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:59:00 GMT



As Sanctions Bit, Iranian Executives Bought African Passports

In January, the Comoros Islands quietly cancelled a batch of its passports that foreigners had bought in recent years. The tiny nation off the east coast of Africa published no details of its reasons, ...

Published:  Sat, 07 Jul 2018 07:45:00 GMT



UAE Joins the Top 10 Most Powerful Passports in the World

Bilateral visa waiver agreement with Russia propels UAE within the world's most powerful passports Russia and the UAE have signed a bilateral visa waiver agreement, which helped boost UAE's visa-free ...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:01:00 GMT



The IRS Doesn't Know How To Get In Touch With American Expats. But It Can Revoke Their Passports

Thousands of Americans could be denied a new or renewed passport if they don't settle their tax bills soon. But if they live abroad, they may not even know that they owe money to the Internal Revenue ...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:31:00 GMT



Share Us!    Share TopConsumerReviews.com on Twitter Share TopConsumerReviews.com on LinkedIn Share TopConsumerReviews.com on Google+ Share TopConsumerReviews.com on Pinterest

Home      About Us      Terms & Conditions      Privacy Policy      Contact Us      Disclosure