International travel can be daunting, what with so many things that need to be accounted for throughout the planning process. There’s budgeting, activity-planning, and the need to secure transportation and lodging in addition to specific documents that are required in order to ensure that you’re given federal permission to travel abroad. If you’re a citizen of the United States looking to go on a faraway adventure, you’re going to need a passport. If your trip is rapidly approaching and you aren’t sure where to turn, Travel Visa Pro is here to tell you everything you know about expedited passports!
Expedited passports are passports that are rushed to travelers in half the time. Rather than taking four to six weeks to turn up in the mail, the documentation arrives in two to three weeks. Expedited services cost an extra fee. If you’re getting your passport renewed rather than going through the application process for the first time, you can work with a travel agent to expedite your passport renewal with a turnaround time of as little as 24 hours. If you find yourself in dire straits due to an expected emergency, this type of service might be incredibly beneficial to you. Fortunately, Travel Visa Pro offers a wide variety of expedited services and is happy to help you get your passport as quickly as possible.
What is the difference between passport cards and passport books?
Passport cards and passport books are different, so it’s important to know which one you’re going to need for your upcoming adventure. Passport cards are cheaper and more convenient, as they are wallet-sized, have the same validity as passport books, serve as proof of citizenship and are a valid form of identification. They cost $30 whereas passport books are $110. Passport books allow you to travel internationally by air whereas passport cards do not. They also collect visas, which are needed to enter specific territories and countries. A passport card might be a viable option for you if you plan on traveling solely by land and/or sea, but be aware that many cruise lines will require you to bring a passport book so that you’re prepared for air travel if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Passport cards and passport books are both valid for ten years if the passport holder is an adult and five years if they are under 16.
First-time applicants should be prepared to list their social security number on their application and present multiple forms of identification when they reach the passport acceptance facility and begin the application process. The form you should be expected to fill out is called a DS-11. Please note that if you would like to request a 52-page passport book rather than a 28-page one, you may do so at no additional cost by checking the box that reads, “52 page” at the top of your form.
When you apply, you’ll need to present your social security number if you have one. If you don’t, you’ll need to submit a signed and dated statement that reads, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.” You must also submit evidence of U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the front and back of the evidence you present. One more form of identification will also be asked of you along with a photocopy of the front and back, and you should be prepared to have a photo taken of you on-site if you do not bring one along. If you do bring one, you must make sure that it meets all passport photo guidelines.
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It doesn’t have to be complicated to acquire your travel documentation. If you bring everything required of you and work alongside a travel agent, obtaining your passport on time should be no problem, whether you’re in immediate need or simply planning your trip ahead of time. With office locations across the country, Travel Visa Pro’s representatives stay on top of any changes in rules and regulations by communicating with consulates and embassies across the globe, therefore providing you with up-to-date information so that you can move along in the application process without any unnecessary hiccups. It’s time for you to put your worries aside and focus on having the adventure of a lifetime, so what are you waiting for? Reach out to Travel Visa Pro today to learn more about the expedited passport services we provide!