How to (1)You need a certified copy of your birth certificate for so many things. You will need one to obtain or renew your passport. You will need one for your travel visa to most countries.

New high school graduates will need a birth certificate for college enrollment. You’ll need it when you apply for Social Security benefits to prove your identity and citizenship. It’s a good idea to have an extra certified copy of your birth certificate, so you’re never left waiting to get a copy to get things done.

We are based in Houston, Texas, but we can get a certified copy of your birth certificate from any state. Each state has a slightly different turn around time for servicing a birth certificate request, and the fees for each jurisdiction will also differ.

If you need your birth certificate on a rush, in most cases we can expedite your request and get your certified copy in your hands quickly.

Call our office at 713-874-1420 if you have any questions before you order your birth certificate or if you feel you have an unusual circumstance. We have helped people get the documents they need for years, and we’re ready to help you.
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What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel VisaPlanning a trip outside the U.S.? Did you know that makes you part of around five percent of Americans who travel internationally each year? If you’re a first time traveler overseas, we have some tips to make it easier.

Tip #1 – You will need a passport.
Actually all signs point to travelers within the United States needing a passport by 2020, but you’re traveling outside the United States now and you will need a passport to exit and enter the U.S. when you return. You will also need to show a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain your passport. Outsource the task of getting a passport and spend your time planning your trip and deciding if you really need to include that 15th pair of shoes. Once you get your passport, it will be good for ten years. When you get your passport photo taken, get a few extra copies. Sometimes random countries will ask you for one at the border or you might need one for a visa (more on visas in a moment).

Tip #2 – Will You Need a Travel Visa?
Not every country requires a travel visa for entry. This is where the process gets extra fun, every country has their own rules, regulations, and process for obtaining a visa for entry. It also usually requires a trip to the consulate or embassy. This is a good task to outsource.

#3 Research Your Destination
In many countries, people in the cities do not drive at all. Public transportation, taxis, private buses, ride-sharing and other ways to get around make even renting a car unnecessary for a lot of destinations. Look up where you’re going and learn the basic customs, hot spots, places to avoid, and whether a Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended to avoid getting sick from the food or water.
Tip #4 Where To Stay
A hotel isn’t your only option. Check out or to get in a local’s home and really get a feel for the place you’re visiting (maybe even make some new friends) get insider tips on cool places to go and save money.
Tip #5 Learn How the Money Works
In the present, if you don’t have a credit card with a chip, ask your card issuer for one and you’ll likely get it. Most chipped cards won’t come with outrageous fees for using it abroad. Ask your credit card issuer what their fees are, if any to avoid surprises on your statement when you get back.

Using a credit card is excellent security against fraudulent transactions. However, not all businesses will take cards so it’s a good idea to carry a little local currency with you.

Figure out the exchange rate ahead of time so you aren’t trying to do constantly calculate prices. For example, if you are in Iceland and you know 600 Krona is roughly equal to five dollars U.S., you can have a rough and ready point of reference for figuring out how much to spend and keep on you.
Tip #6 Avoid Roaming Fees
When you board your flight, switch off your mobile data. WiFi is available pretty much everywhere, use that to upload your travel photo to Instagram instead of your phone’s data and you’ll save money.

Tip #7 Learn a Little of the Local Language
Most places you visit will have people who speak English. However, it is polite to at least learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” and a few other phrases in the local language. You might be met with grins and laughs for trying, but most people are happy to help if you try.

Tip #8 – Know the Basics to Pack
Here is a complete list of the basics you need to pack: a toothbrush, toothpaste, your passport, your phone and your credit card. Anything else you might want can be acquired where you’re going.

You can make life easier for yourself by packing clean undies for a week, if your stay is longer wash them in a sink with whatever soap is handy, and hang up to dry. Wool socks won’t heat up your feet and never gather a smell.

For clothing, dress nice and for the weather (again research your destination) and you won’t need more than two pair of shoes for most trips.

And that’s the basics for having a great time on your first jaunt outside the U.S.

tips for traveling southeast asia from texas tower
Mainland Southeast Asia includes Cambodia. Laos. Myanmar (Burma) Peninsular Malaysia. Thailand. Vietnam. When visiting these countries, although each one is different, there are things to avoid doing in each country that will make your trip even better.

Know Your Spice Limit
Just because you love spicy salsa and can handle hot food in the states, spicy is a whole other level of hotness in these countries. Even if you order food without spice it might still make your eyes water. Boiled egg or a side of boiled rice will help cool the heat in your mouth down. Also, check out the street food, sit-down restaurants are often pricey and you can get the same items from a marketplace stall.

Don’t Overdo It Drinking
Have you ever heard of a Thai Bucket? These are like the plastic buckets kids use to build sand castles but instead of being filled with sand they are filled with coke, Red Bull, and hard liquor. Go easy on those if you order them and never go drinking alone.

Understand the Currency Exchange
When you first do the exchange and have 3 million Vietnamese Dong in your hand. It’s important to be able to do currency exchanges on the fly so you aren’t overspending. Get an app like the XE Currency app to keep track of how much you’re really spending.

Don’t Over-Pack
Southeast Asia is hot and humid, don’t worry about makeup, it won’t stay on too long anyway. If you’re traveling to the major cities, anything you need you can get in markets. Convenience stores have mini-products of any toiletries. A good rule to follow is to lay out everything you think you need and then eliminate half the items. One thing you might want to bring with you is sunscreen as it can be on the pricey side if you need to purchase.

replace your passportWe hope it has never happened to you, but it’s a fact that passports get lost and stolen every day. If you’re traveling and lose your passport, it’s normally something you can work through and get your passport reissued.

pickpocket - Google Search.clipularImagine the chaos that could happen if your passport was stolen by a pickpocket as you traveled through Turkey and sold to an ISIS fighter? That’s exactly the nightmare Sam Neher was living after his passport was stolen and sold by Syrian smugglers. Neher found out the smugglers try to find Syrian refugees who look like the people in the stolen passports so they can use them to get to the other countries.

Read the entire story here.

If your passport is lost, stolen, or damaged because the dog found it – talk to us. We can expedite the process and get your U.S. passport in your hands much faster.

order birth certificate onlineIf you’re reading this, it was one of your first forms of identification. Unfortunately, birth certificates get lost, damaged, and there just comes a time when you need it, and you can’t find it.

Back to school is a time when many people discover, that little document isn’t where they thought it was. A lot of schools will not only require a certified birth certificate to register a child for classes but also will want to keep a copy for their records. If your child is going to a camp or joining a sports team, often a certified birth certificate will be required.

If you have moved to a new state and need to get a driver’s license, your birth certificate will be one of the forms of identification accepted. Most DMV offices will require a certified copy, and not just a copy. Planning to get married? Most states require a certified copy of a birth certificate for both individuals that want to get married.

Want to travel outside the United States? You’re going to need a passport. Along with the forms, you need to fill out, you may need to submit a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Another form of i.d., your social security number, will require a birth certificate to obtain if you need to get a copy of your card.

Now the easy part is ordering your certified birth certificate. Talk to us, you can order your birth certificate online and then receive a hard copy in the mail. It’s not a bad idea to have two copies of your birth certificate stored in separate places so when you need a copy, you have it for every member of the family.

There are a lot of reasons to visit Kyrgyz Republic.

United States citizens that are going to the Kyrgyz Republic (also called Kyrgyzstan) as tourists or business travelers do not need also present a travel visa to enter the country if their stay is less than 60 days.

If your time in the country will be longer than 60-days, you will need to apply for a visa.  Please note, you cannot obtain your travel visa upon arrival in Kyrgyz Republic, you must have it before you travel. We’ll outline how below.

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The State Department has this special notice at their official site :

Although United States citizens don’t require a travel visa to visit the Honduras, your citizenship may require one. If so, we can help – contact us today to discuss if you need a Honduras travel visa or not.

The Honduras was considered too rough and dangerous by the majority of tourists, but stability in the present is helping Honduras shed its bad-boy image and it is fast becoming a thriving tourist mecca for diving enthusiasts. It is also one of the more affordable destinations in Central America.

Nomadic Matt has put together a great overview of the things to see and places to get the most for your money spent in the Honduras.

Also, check out the overview at LonelyPlanet for the Honduras. Diving venues, the Mayan ruins, and jungle treks are all laid out in detail. You can also find user reviews for hotels and lodging. They also have information under the Essential Information tab that includes the wattage for electrical items and weather information.

Want to skip the hotel scene in the Honduras? Don’t forget about Airbnb as an option for finding a place to stay, you can rent a room or even an entire home, for as prices that begin at $28 per night.

The Honduras is a great travel destination, make sure your passport is ready to go and start planning your visit.

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No matter if you’re getting your first passport or renewing your passport once again, getting it fast is usually a priority for most travelers. Here’s why outsourcing your passport and getting it faster is an even better idea now.

The U.S. Passport Agency can take from four to seven weeks to deliver your passport, and the average time service is around six weeks. 2017 is slated to have more traffic for passports than ever for travelers renewing their passports as the 10 year anniversary of the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.


If you have your travel booked, then you’re ready to outsource the acquisition or renewal of your passport.  When you visit our passport page, just choose the type of service you want, including one day turnaround time,  and we’ll give you a list of the forms we need you to print and sign.
Then we’ll do the rest.

passports and visa servicesTo apply for your passport visit this page

passports and visa servicesTo renew your passport visit this page

We will process the forms for you and obtain your passport quickly. Our average time service is 8-12 days and if you need your passport in 24-hours, we can assist you.

If you have any questions regarding your passport, or feel you have a special situation, just contact our office at 713-874-1420 or use the live chat feature at We’re ready to assist you!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a very helpful infographic helping travelers avoid getting sick when traveling overseas.

According to the CDC, “Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Travelers to developing countries are especially at risk. In otherwise healthy adults, diarrhea is rarely serious or life-threatening, but it can certainly make for an unpleasant trip. Take steps to avoid diarrhea when you travel.”

This is why many people get hepatitis A and other vaccinations before traveling.

The CDC put together a helpful infographic for a rough and ready guide to what is probably safe to consume where you’re going.
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What’s Safer (source: CDC) 

  • Pasteurized dairy products like milk
  • “Dry” food like bread or crackers
  • Water, sodas, or sports drinks that are bottled and sealed (carbonated is safer)
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Meat that is cooked all the way through
  • Food from a factory sealed package or container
  • Fruit and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled

What’s Not

  • Fountain drinks
  • Water or ice made from the tap or a well
  • Flavored ice pops
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • Food from street vendors
  • Bushmeat (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
  • Food served at room temperature
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Salads

Texas Tower expedites U.S. passports and travel visas. We also obtain certified U.S. birth certificates, translations, and more. 
Call us at 713-874-1420. 

American Express Travel put together a top list of places to visit this Fall and some of them are destinations you haven’t seen frequently recommended up until now.

1. Beirut

Increase in bookings: 
Once known as, “The Paris of the Middle East” – “Cognizant of today’s geopolitical climate, Americans are shifting the conversation from apprehension to understanding and are openly exploring destinations in the Middle East – tourism is booming, [and] airlines are creating more routes,”  said Jamee Lubkemann, vice president of American Express Travel.

2. Tel Aviv

Increase in bookings: 148%
A trip to Tel Aviv could include everything from beach lounging and museum hopping to falafel and hummus sampling. “Tel Aviv is modern, vibrant, and cosmopolitan,” Lubkemann said.

3. Casablanca, Morocco

Increase in bookings: 86%
Morocco as a whole is trending with modern travelers, but with the promise of new construction projects like Parc de la Ligue Arabe and Grande Theatre de Casablanca, the port city of Casablanca is the place to be right now.

4. Nairobi, Kenya
Increase in bookings: 39%

“Often referred to as the Silicon Savannah, Nairobi is known as an innovative tech hub for Kenya. But beyond that, it has evolved to become a gateway to immersive coastal safaris and travelers are increasingly flocking to the destination for its thriving multi-ethnic food scene,” Lubkemann said.

5. Mazatlan, Mexico
Increase in bookings: 82%

This resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast is known both for its beautiful sandy beaches and its historic core.
Many of its 19th-century buildings have been restored and repurposed to serve its growing culinary and arts scenes. Mazatlán is considered one of Mexico’s best nightlife destinations as well.

Read the entire recommendation list here.
When it comes time to plan your destination, book your trip then talk to us if you need to expedite your passport or travel visa.