Keep the Dream Alive – Renew Your Passport Early
Application for renewal of your passport is essential and going on holiday can only be a distant dream without a passport. Here are some things to take care when applying or renewing your passport.
Renew or apply: If you are applying for a passport for the first time or younger than 16, then an application must be made in person at a passport agency or acceptance facility. If not, a renewal application can be made online and through the mail. To do so, simply complete the application form off the website and send the recent passport, together with 2 passport photos and a $75 check, to the address at the top of the form in a padded envelope. It might be a good idea to track the document to ensure security.
Apply early: The standard processing profit from flash loans time would be about 4-6 weeks, and half that time if you choose expedited service, but keep in mind the possibility of delays. A safe bet would be to apply 8-10 weeks before you fly.
Get your documents in order: Download the application form off the internet at , or obtain one for your nearest passport agency. Two necessary document photocopies need to be submitted with the application form.
* Evidence of your US citizenship, such as a birth certificate or a Naturalized Certificate * An identification, such as a driver’s license or military ID
Bring everything you need: Ensure that you bring along $100 application fees for an adult or $85 for a minor under 16 years of age. Bring along the same identification as the photocopy, as well as two passport photos. These photos must be 2×2 inches against a white background, showing your full face without obscurities and taken within the recent 6 months.
Check your application status: Be sure to check the status of your application about a week after you lodge it. This can be done by sending a query online.
Run a quick check: Flip through your passport upon receipt to make sure that nothing has been torn or damaged in the handling process.
Note that any damaged, stolen or lost passports must be reported before a new application can be lodged!
And you’re done! It’s time to start planning for that dream holiday!