weddingringsNo matter if you had a spur-of-the-moment wedding at the Justice of the Peace or you threw an all out gala event for your nuptials, one common question many newlyweds ask is, “How soon can I change my last name on my passport?”

The answer to that question is simple, your passport needs to match your other identification. If you already changed your driver’s license and social security, you’re going to need to update your passport before you do any international travel.

The process is simple, you will need to reapply.

If you would like for us to obtain your passport for you, just remember that all documents must be signed and mailed to us. Unfortunately, you may not scan and email us these documents because the Department of State requires original signatures.

We have a page set up here at the TexasTower website that will walk you through the process, complete with links for any of the necessary forms or paperwork you need to download and print out.

The average turn around time for your passport will be 5-10 working days, compared to 4-7 weeks if you do it yourself through the U.S. passport agency.

renew-your-passportSeptember is Passport Awareness Month and here’s something great to know you can do at any time: speed up getting your passport.

In a recent story by The Huffington Post, passengers flying out of the states of New Hampshire, New York, Louisiana, and Minnesota when the Real I.D. Act goes into effect in 2018, travelers will likely need to show a passport to meet the minimum identification requirements.

If you’re in one of these states and don’t already have a passport, it’s a good idea to start thinking ahead. To get a passport through the State Department, it can take four to seven weeks at standard time service, and expedited service can run two to three weeks. This is where knowing a tip can save you time for getting your passport.

Outsource getting your passport to Texas Tower. Our standard expediting service can pull the wait time to get your passport down to 8-12 days or as little as 24 hours.

We can walk you through the process of putting together your paperwork and our trained staff will make it easy to get your first passport or renew your passport. Read about the process here.