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Spring Break is fast approaching, have you made your plans? If you’re still searching for the best deal on where to go – here are some ideas inside and outside the U.S. that are kind to your bank account and perfect for the student on a tight budget.

1. Daytona, Florida

With average temps hovering in the low-80’s during Spring Break, Daytona has great weather and cheap hotels in abundance. There is a Big Red Party Bus that travels up and down the beach and is easy to catch either way. The boardwalk, beach, or local clubs are filled with activity and it’s a definite non-stop party scene.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Both North and South Myrtle Beach in South Carolina have white sandy beaches and very affordable hotels. There’s a ton of live music and clubs. Hotels here tend to be even more budget-friendly than in Florida, so it’s worth checking out.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for a Spring Break experience that is anything but tame? This is your destination. South Padre is small but mighty. The island is filled with tons of bars within walking distance and the hotels are very affordable. Most of the accommodations aren’t exactly 4-star but chances are good you won’t be in your room too much anyway.

4. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

None of the above destinations require a passport, this one will. Costa Rica is completely gorgeous and if you love beach time, this is your nirvana. You can swim, whitewater raft, and enjoy zip lining. There’s still time to book a trip and keep the cost down on a round-trip ticket.

5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This is a great destination. Ocho Rios in Jamaica is a very busy port that numerous cruise lines use and it’s not hard to see why this is so. The water is clear, there are jungle mountain ranges and the beaches are pristine. Margaritaville is where the Spring Breakers head to. You can party hard or rent an ATV, horseback ride, or experience their whitewater rivers on a raft canoe or kayak. You will need a passport for entry.

6. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since this is a U.S. territory, you won’t need to worry about breaking out your passport. If you book your flight far enough in advance, you can usually score some great deals on travel to this destination where you will be able to enjoy affordable hotels, pristine beaches, and a jumping night life.

7. Cancun, Mexico

It wouldn’t be a list of Spring Break places without the original Mexican paradise destination, Cancun. There are nearly constant parties, bars, live music fests, and very affordable rooms. Shop around for round trip flights and you can probably snap up a great deal. Just pack your bathing suit, sunscreen and your passport and you’re set!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is a Houston, Texas based company that expedites U.S. passports, travel visas, certified birth certificates and Apostille to make your travel plans go smoothly contact us at 713-874-1420.

Not having your birth certificate when you need it is frustrating. If that’s happening to you or someone you know right now, we are here to help.

You can order a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate online and receive the hard copy in the mail in a just a few days for most states. Each state sets their own processing time and fees for issuing birth certificates.

If you have any questions, call us at 713-874-1420!

There are numerous reasons for needing a certified copy of your birth certificate. School from elementary to college will need them for registration. Applying for a driver’s license, US passport, or travel visa may require a certificate of birth. We can process orders for any state.

We offer two types of service, regular and rush. Both types of service come with an expediting fee.

You will need an image of your valid state-issued identification that will be uploaded with your order.

Once your order is placed, our team goes to work and obtains a certified copy of your birth certificate and it will be delivered to the address of your choosing.

Before you order, look at the information for the state you were born in and review the fees charged by the state. Each state is allowed to set their own pricing for the replacement of birth certificates.

Get started here : Order your birth certificate online now.

Just because you have a notary stamp on your documents doesn’t mean a foreign government will accept them as authentic for your travel visa, work visa or other reason.

That’s why sometimes you will need to have your documents stamped by an Apostille. We can authenticate your travel or work documents to meet the standards required.

The most common types of documents needing an Apostille are certificates of birth and death, marriage licenses, decrees of divorce. Other common types of documents are school transcripts and diplomas. Powers of attorney may also require an Apostille for validity outside the United States.

Find out more here about Apostilles in Houston and get a free quote

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.

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.

How to Change Your Name on Your Passport to Your Married NameJune is often thought of as the month to get married, with that in mind, we’re going to show you how easy it can be to change your name after your wedding.  Many people feel that one spouse assuming the other’s last name is an old-fashioned and outdated tradition. There are others that want to keep the tradition alive and do so.

The good news is there are no wrong answers, whatever a couple mutually decides regarding keeping former names or assuming spousal names, is fine.  We put together some tips to make the process even easier if you choose to take your spouse’s name.

Change your name soon after your marriage.
Many states have time limits for a name change, make sure you know the time allotted in your home state.

Getting a new social security card is simple. Just either take two forms of identification along with a certified copy of your marriage license to your local Social Security office. You can also do it by mail, but you’ll probably want to get a duplicate copy of your marriage license to mail in.

Changing your driver’s license is easy to accomplish. Just make an appearance at your local Department of Motor Vehicles with your certified copy of your marriage license. You will be able get a new, updated license with your new name on it the same day in most locales.

name changeNow,  let’s talk passport. If you need to change your name, you’re going to need to reapply for your passport. Remember, your travel documents must match your identification or it will put the brakes on your travel.  The TSA will not accept a marriage certificate as proof of a name change.
Normal turnaround time can be four to six weeks, however, you can obtain your passport in far less time, 24-hours if necessary.
Here are the documents you need to get started:
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Another sometimes overlooked area is something you’re probably in at least once a day.  You’ll need to update your name will be your email. This can usually be accomplished in a short and sweet email to everyone on your contact list about your status change.

Update your bank in person, as each financial institution has their own set of guidelines, ask what they need from you to verify the name change ahead of your appointment. Most major credit cards will have a form to fill out and send in with copies of your proof of name change.  Memberships and loyalty programs are other good accounts to remember to update. They usually have basically the same requirements as updating your credit cards.

Those are just the basics for getting your name changed! If you’re a newly wedded, congrats! If you have any questions about your passport and visa for your honeymoon travel, just contact us!

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Spring Cleaning - Get Your Personal Papers Organized in 4 Steps! (1)There’s no better time than the present to get organized. Immediately that might make you feel overwhelmed because there are so many things that need organizing. The kitchen, the bookshelves, the garage, and of course, your paperwork.

If you’re not ready to tackle a whole room, start with your paperwork. The first thing you need to do is come up with a filing system that works for you. And the answer is in the types of paperwork you have.

Go through the files and drawers or boxes of paperwork you have and start grouping together similar types of papers. Personal papers, financial, paperwork that applies to different family members, insurance and so on. Once you have the different types sorted, then you can set up a filing system with each type of paperwork being its own category.
Choose colored folders or labels to make identification of each category of paperwork fast and easy.

Don’t be too specific when you’re setting up your categories. This keeps you from having to create folders for paystubs, W-2 forms, and tax returns when you can put all of that under financial, or split it into finance and taxes.

For storing your organized paperwork, you can use a filing cabinet like a four-drawer or 2-drawer type depending on how much space you have to give your files. Another option is to invest in a plastic file holder that goes on a shelf.

Right now - think about where these two items are in your house-Your PassportYour Birth Certificate (1)Another important thing you can do is to get extra copies of documents. At the very minimum, you should have copies of the following:

  • Automobile information
  • Bank account numbers
  • Birth certificates
  • Credit card numbers
  • Deeds
  • Important receipts
  • Instructions
  • Insurance policies
  • Loan agreements
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medical records
  • Mortgage agreements
  • Passports
  • PIN numbers
  • School transcripts
  • Service contracts
  • Tax returns (last 5 years)
  • Warranties
  • Wills


Keep the originals of your most important documents in a safety deposit box or separate lock box. Have the copies on hand in your filing system. If you need a copy of your birth certificate for yourself or a family member, we can help you for any state.

For handling paperwork that you have incoming daily, you will do one of the following actions:

1- The paperwork contains something you must do. It might be correspondence to a friend, or reference material to read. Write the date the action needs to be done and put it in a tray or basket labeled: “To Do.”

2- The paperwork is a bill or invoice you must pay. Write the date the payment should be made and put it in a tray or basket labeled: “To Pay.”

3- The paperwork needs to be filed. Do so immediately.

4- The paperwork is either useless or no longer serves a purpose. Recycle or dispose of through other means.

Dive in and get your paperwork organized. You can devote just 10-15 minutes a day to keeping your incoming paperwork organized and never again wonder where exactly your birth certificate, passport,  or home warranty is filed away.

Texas Tower and Passport Services handles nationwide requests to expedite passport, travel visas, and certified birth certificates. Call us today 713-874-1420. 

letestIf you own a website, you know how enlightening the web stats can be.  Especially the area where you see what keyword phrases people are using to find your site.  The following is a collection of the questions people have asked to find our site as well as questions we’ve received via Twitter, Facebook, and email. Please note the following responses to the questions reflect our company’s turnaround time and may not apply to any other passport or visa agency.

Can I still get U.S. passports from the government site? 
The short answer is yes you can. The more indepth answer is you will wind up waiting an average of 4-7 weeks and you’ll have to submit and follow up on all the paperwork yourself. That’s the beauty of outsourcing that task to us, we do the work for you and we can get your passport as quickly as 24 hours.

My passport expires in 5 months how soon so I have to renew?
Technically, your passport is already expired. Most countries require that you have a full 6 months left on your passport from your departure date of your trip. If your passport has 6 months or less until expiration, it’s time to renew  your passport.

Is it true there are three types of travel visas for Venezuela?
Yes, most countries have a business class and tourism visa for entry to the country. Venezuela also has a work class visa for individuals that will be working in the country.

At what age does a child need a passport to travel?
Even newborns need a passport. Up until the age of 15, younger travelers will need a child passport. After the age of 16, you will apply for an adult passport.

How fast can you get a child’s passport?
Your departure date for your trip needs to be at least 3 days ahead and we can obtain your child’s passport for you on a rush. Normal time service from the U.S. passport agency will take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks on average.

Can I get a birth certificate translated?
Yes, we offer full documentation translation services. Just call us at 713-874-1420, we can help you.

Do I need a passport to go from FL to MN?
At this time, passports are not necessary for travel within the United States from one state to another.

Where on will I find the Philippines Visa page?
If you’re ready to get your travel visa, just go here to Philippines Visa.

Okay one more, question and we’ll wrap up this session.
What is the best way to renew a U.S. passport?
Outsourcing the acquisition of your passport and visa documents is one of the smartest things you can do. All you have to do is fill out the paperwork, and we do the rest. We can also get your passport must faster than the U.S. passport agency. If you have any questions, just ask one of our trained agents. Texas Tower will work one-on-one with you to make sure the process of obtaining your passport or visa is easy from start to finish.