Update Your Passport or Get a Passport if you don’t have one
By Bobby Blueblood
A Passport is one of the important documents that are necessary to have with you while traveling to the foreign countries, or while traveling outside your country. You should be aware of the expiry date of this document and update your passport if necessary. If you don’t have a passport then you should get one. You never know when you might need it.
It’s always best to have a passport ready in the event you do want to go to another country. Besides if you are concerned about money you should know that costs go up periodically so waiting just could expose you to higher prices later on should you need a passport.
You are required to update your passport before its expiry date. You can do this when the date of expiry is nearing. Every 10 years, you can renew your passport to continue to travel overseas. Check with the State Department to make sure of how long the passport is good for. Mine for the USA is good for 10 years as of the last renewal a few years ago.Women can go for updating their passport, if they want to change their last name after their marriage by showing their marriage certificate that proves the marital status. If they have an identity card or driver’s license that shows their new name it will be useful if they have to update their passport or have it changed.
If anyone plans to change his or her first name, then that person should acquire a legal form issued by the court showing the change in the name on it. You should provide the original legal form to get your name changed on your passport. Some people commit to forging such legal documents and therefore they do not accept copies to change your name on your passport.
The renewal of children’s passport can be done by mail. They can also renew their passport when they complete 16 years of age. However, a valid ID or a driver’s license is required. It will be helpful for you, if you know about what documents you are required to present to change or update your passport.
If you are also aware of the passport laws in the United States, then you can travel peacefully without any problem. However, you should make sure that you replace or update your passport on time to avoid getting clashed with your travel date.
If you are planning to update your passport through express mail or courier, you will have to spend a lot of money as well as time. To save your time and money, you can get the forms for renewal or for applying first time for a passport from the post office. You can even download these forms from the website of the State Department.This will help you to speed up the process of getting your passport updated. It takes a lot of time to go up to the post office and stand in a long line just to get a form.
If you have a computer and access to the internet, all you need to do is to download the form, print, and mail it by paying the fee for renewing or applying for a new passport. It will be mailed to you in less time.
At the time of renewing your passport, remember to renew your photo as well. Over the years, there can be change in your appearance especially if you have lost or gained weight or changed your hair style or are now bald or close to it you may need a new photo.
Any physical changes that make you look different from your previous photograph will also be cause for a new photo to accompany your application for your updated passport.
If you have little time to update your passport you can even edit the previous photograph of yours with the help of Photoshop or digital picture programs and print it on a photo paper and cut it neatly before using it for applying.
This will save you money and time and you will be able to get your passport updated faster if you don’t have to search around for places that offer passport photos.
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