You Want To Get A Passport
...Now, HOW?

It's not difficult to get a passport.

If you don't have one yet, let's deal with that now.

All countries issue these all important documents to their own citizens.

You'll need to contact your government state department or equivalent.

Citizens of all countries can check online or with local government offices for their national rules.

Since we're US citizens, we'll go over the US rules here for obtaining a passport.

You Can Get A Passport On Your Own

Get A Passport to Travel the World

We have several pages of tips on this... check the Navigate Our Site box to the right for costs and passport cards etc.

If you're a US citizen, you can also go the the U.S .Department of State page that will tell you all about how to get one. You can read all about ...

  • Who needs one
  • How much it costs to get one
  • How to apply for your first time
  • Where to apply for that first one
  • How to renew your old one
  • What the rules are for children
  • How to get a passport in a hurry.

You can download application forms and directions and find out where you need to apply if you must apply in person or where to mail your application if you can renew by mail.

Forms are also available at public offices like Post Offices, courthouses or municipal offices where passport applications are accepted.

If you are applying for your first passport, you will also need proof of citizenship such as a certified birth certificate. Again, check the State Department website for details on what documentation you need.

You'll also need one 2" x 2" photo for your passport application. You can get these from the corner drugstore or a professional photographers. You can even take your own if you do it properly.

Let Us Give You A Tip

Get extra copies of your photos....

6-12 so if you need some you will have them on hand.  Carry them with you when you travel.  They can be handy for visa applications at the border or in case you lose your passport...

Though we hope you've got your passport tucked safely in your money belt and you will never need to use them for this! 

Just remember that they should be "current" photos, so you can't save and use them forever.

How Long Are They Good For?

U.S. Passports for adults are good for 10 years.

For children age 15 or younger, they are only good for 5 years.

The U.S. is now issuing only Electronic-passports or E-passports. It looks the same as a traditional passport, but there is a small chip (an integrated circuit) embedded in the back cover which contains your passport information and state of the art identifiers.

From now on when you apply for a new passport or passport renewal you will receive an E-passport.

It may sound like a lot of information, but that's the government for you.

Let's simplify it... to get a passport, get the application, fill it out, take it or mail it to the proper government office and in a few weeks, you'll have it.

If you want to become a traveler.... just get a passport..... you're going to need one sooner or later.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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