Passports are a necessary part when traveling out of the country. It’s sometimes easy to overlook the time needed to get a passport. There are some ways to find any information you may need to help you easily receive your government issued passport and a few helpful hints to get you through the process.
Click HERE to get started with your Passport or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778
Some Helpful Hints:
You must have your original birth certificate with you to apply for your passport; original must be a copy that includes both of your parents names, if it has only yours on it that will not do. If you do not have one you can get a copy at the court house of the county that you were born in or put in a request online.
If you have been married even if divorced now they make ask you for a marriage certificate, and/or divorce documents to prove the name change. If you do not have these you can also get copies from the county court house you where married/divorced in.
Photos can be taking for a small charge at most Walgreens and CVS’s, Make sure your hair is out of your face, you are not to wear hats, sunglasses, scarves, make sure if you have prescription glasses that there isn't a glare. The Back ground should be white with you being fully visible and natural looking. Preferably they like when you do not smile. Make your your head is straight forward, even a slight head tilt or turn to the side your photo can be rejected.
Single Parents traveling with a child require additional documentation before your child can be issued a passport.
Allow at least 4 to 6 weeks to receive your passport before your trip; passports can be expedited for an additional fee. We recommend because of some of the complications that can occur start attempting to get your pass port 4 months before travel you may have to produce other documents and can be time consuming to get.
Parents- when going to apply for a passport for your child, the child must be with you. They will not issue one without the child present.
Where ever you may be traveling to its not a bad idea to find out before you leave where the American embassy is in the country you are visiting. If you lose your passport while on the trip you will need to go there to find out how you will be getting it back.
If you already have a passport make sure that it isn’t expired.