How to get a passport in Maryland?

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Sat May 5 2018

You are due to travel internationally and your passport is valid, but you realize after all your recent business travel, you only have one blank page left in your passport. Do you still need to renew your passport? Yes, you do. A passport is deemed valid if it does not expire within six months of your travel dates and you have at least two blank pages available in your passport for border control

 

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Travel Visa Pro can take care of all the stress to get your passport ready in time. Travel Visa Pro offers a VIP Concierge Service for an additional $179 where we manage your paperwork and give you the individual attention you need to prepare for your international journey. Depending on where you are traveling to, US citizens may need visas to gain entry to foreign countries, so it is imperative that you confirm any visa requirements for the country you are intending to visit. If you know where you’re going, Travel Visa Pro can help you get there.

If you want to know how to get a passport in Maryland, first decide which application category you fall into and let Travel Visa Pro assist you every step of the way.

First Time Passport

The First Time Passport applies if:

  1. This is your very first U.S. passport, or
  2. Your last passport was issued over 15 years ago, or
  3. Your last passport expired and was previously issued while under the age of 16.

Travel Visa Pro can also assist with Second US Passport applications if you travel frequently outside the U.S., or you need the second passport for safety reasons, such as traveling between hostile countries. Note this passport is only valid for four years, after which time it can be renewed.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Passport

You can apply for a passport replacement when you can prove your valid passport was lost, stolen, or severely damaged. Travel Visa Pro will require statements explaining why and how the passport was lost or stolen by submitting the completed DS-64 application form. For damaged passports, you only need to send Travel Visa Pro an original statement, written by yourself, detailing why the passport cannot be used and how it was damaged.

Passport Renewals

Travel Visa Pro can renew your current and second passport where:

  1. Your passport/s were issued within the last 15 years after the age of 16, or
  2. Your name has changed and you have supporting legal documents to prove it.

Passport renewals for children under 16 are not as straight-forward due to increasing fraud and applications for child passport renewals can only be done in person when applying at the U.S Department of State.

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Application Requirements

Except for adult passport renewals that use the DS-82 application form, all other applications require the DS-11 application to be completed. Once you have filled this out, leave it unsigned and print two copies.  Take these documents to your local post office, along with proof of your identity, United States citizenship, and 2” x 2” passport photographs on a white or off-white background. Separate payment is required to the U.S. Department of State for their passport fees, which start from $60, up to $170 for expedited applications.

There are post offices in Maryland with passport acceptance facilities and some may require an appointment. Once the post office agent verifies your identity and witnesses you the signing the form, get the documents off to us.  Travel Visa Pro offers services for residents in Baltimore, Frederick, Gaithersburg, and Rockville.

Travel Visa Pro offers various packages to help ease the stress of passport applications:

  • Emergency Service applications are processed in 8 hours at a cost of $599. Proof is required to show the immediate need for a passport.
  • Next Day Service is done in one business day for $429
  • Get Urgent Passport is $299 and issued in 3-5 days
  • Get Rush Passport is $199 and get your passport within 6-10 days
  • Get Budget Passport is processed in 15-20 days for $99
  • Executive Choice is our premium service at $499.

For Travel Visa Pro to complete applications on your behalf, you need to sign two authorization letters that must be included in your documentation.

On a final note, the U.S Department of State does not issue passports on weekends or federal holidays and this also applies to emergency applications.