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Life happens and sometimes those happenings include a change of name. Along with your driver’s license and social security card, you’ll also need to update your passport. We can make the process easy.

First you will need to complete an application Department of State’s passport portal. Remember, they require original signatures so you cannot scan or email the documents.

Two passport type photos, we recommend that you take the photos at Walgreens or CVS. However, it is permissible to take the photos yourself. There are strict rules to follow to meet the State Department’s guidelines for passport photos if you choose to take your own photos.

We have an authorization letter you will need to sign that gives Texas Tower permission to act on your behalf obtaining your updated passport. You will need to include a copy of your current passport. It must be currently valid and undamaged. You will be receiving a new passport, and your old passport will be returned to you with a cancellation mark.

If you require rush service on the re-issue of your passport, you will need to include a flight itinerary or a letter from your company stating you require rush level service. We can help you if you need a sample letter to meet the requirements.

To substantiate your name change, you will need to include an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court order. No scans or photocopies may be accepted. Get started here on our handy page for changing your name on your passport.

Tips for Getting Your China Visa FastOne of the smartest things you can do when you’re planning to travel to China from the United States, outsource the procurement of your travel visa to Texas Tower.

How Does the Process Work?
For both business and tourist travel visas to China, just visit this page and follow the instructions. We have organized what paperwork to submit to us, with links to make it easy.  Once you gather the necessary documents, we save you a trip to the embassy and obtain your China travel visa for you. We can also translate any necessary documents for you to or from English.

What are the Passport Requirements for China?
Also, our agent will help you with your passport if necessary. Entry to China requires a passport valid 6 months beyond trip completion and side by side blank visa pages. If you need to renew your passport, we can help you with that too.

Can You Obtain Certified Documents?
If you need any certified documents such as a birth certificate, we can obtain a copy from anywhere in the United States.

How Long Does it Take?
Acquiring your China travel visa can take anywhere from 2 to 10 days depending on the type of service you order from Texas Tower.

Take the hassle out of gathering your travel documents and going to the embassy to get your travel visa, let Texas Tower take care of the legwork for you.  Call us today at (713) 874-1420 to get started.

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If your company requires employees to travel overseas on a regular basis, it makes good sense to outsource the procurement of passports and travel visas to a third party like Texas Tower.

No Overhead or Overtime 
Because you’re outsourcing, there isn’t a need to hire extra staff, pay overtime, or deal with delays because someone got swamped. We will handle coordinate with you regarding each person’s travel plans, and make sure their passport is current and ready to travel. We will also ensure that the travel visa (if the destination requires a U.S. citizen to use one for entry to the country), can be procured in a timely manner. Thereby saving a trip to the embassy.

Documents at the Speed You Need Them
Most passports and travel visas can be expedited and obtained for you in as little as 24-hours. Each destination country has their own processing methods and timeline. Call and talk to our agents to find out the time frame for your specific needs.

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Special Handling
Angola work visas and travel visas for India require special attention. We will do the legwork for your employee and save time on travel prep.

Translation Services
Our services also run to translation. We can translate any necessary documents from any language to English or English to any required language for travel.  Outsourcing translation  saves having to hire someone in-house for this task.

Certified Birth Certificate
There is another must-have document for travel. We can obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate from any state you require. Many visas require a certified birth certificate as one of the accepted proof of nationality.

You can save money and time outsourcing how you handle employee international travel. Our staff will handle each request on an individual basis to make sure the exact travel documents needed arrive on time and are 100% accurate. Contact us today to discuss at (713) 874-1420, we handle both large and small volume clients.

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An interesting study showed that over half of Americans do not possess a passport. Some let their passports expire and others simply never applied. The process for getting a passport is simple, and outsourcing the legwork to a company like Texas Tower makes it even less of a hassle for you.

Our passport area of the site is broken up by type of passport need. Get started here. You can renew, replace a lost of stolen passport, or apply for your first passport. If you have any questions, or need assistance, our agents will help you along the process to make it easy and seamless.

The website ATTN has written a great article about “5 Reasons Why Americans Need a Passport.

Last but not least – here are 10 cool facts about Passports

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Whether you’re traveling to Rio now for the Olympics, Paralympics, or afterward; there are some things to know that keep you safe and make your time in Brazil even more enjoyable.

Transportation can be a little different
There aren’t specific bus stops in Rio. You hail down a bus with your hand and when you’re ready to get off, there’s a small cable above the windows of the bus you pull to alert the driver you’re ready to get off the bus. In Rio, there is no Uber, but there is EasyTaxi if you want to use the app.

Colors mean things
Be aware wearing red can make people associate you as being sympathetic to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Green and yellow are the colors of the Brazilian flag and also the colors used by the Opposition. To avoid looking political, avoid shirts with slogans, logos, or flags.
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Do not drink the water
Drink only bottled water and don’t consume drinks that have ice in them.

Mosquitoes come with Rio
Insects are a fact of life in Brazil, especially mosquitoes. With Zika being prevalent, wear mosquito repellant, cover up when out and use mosquito netting to sleep under. This will lessen your chances of acquiring an illness.

Understand the money
Brazil uses the Real as their currently. Crime happens in Rio like any major city. Don’t carry only cash. Carry also credit cards with you, just in case. ATMs can attract criminals looking for an easy target. If you must use an ATM, only use one in a bank with a guard present during the day.

Keep your passport and travel docs safe
You don’t need a visa to enter Brazil until September 18. However you will need a valid passport. It’s a good idea to lock your passport in the hotel safe and keep a copy on you at all times while you’re in Rio along with your other identification.

Use these tips to make your time in Rio safe and fun! Happy travels.

In 2014, Trey Ratcliff found out the hard way that China has some fairly strict laws for flying and filming with drones. He did manage to capture some outstanding footage before he was detained for a short period of time.

Here are a few of the main points from UAV Systems International.

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A good rule to follow when traveling in China, if you are not sure of the laws allowing drone photography, ask. There are many places around China that allow photography by drone. The main areas where you may not use drone photography are historical landmarks and in areas around government and official offices. That’s where you might run into trouble.