According to the State Department, lines for passports are long and can be expected to be longer. Also, the wait to receive a passport may increase due to the Real ID Act activation date fast approaching. Most states that were not compliant have received their final extension until October 2018 to have State ID that meets the requirements. Having a valid US passport meets the requirements for alternative ID.
Another update is for individuals who wear glasses. As of November 2016 glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos. The State Department rejected thousands of applications due to poor passport photos, so make sure that you adhere to rules and guidelines for passport photos.
The U.S. passport got a makeover in July 2016. One of the most significant changes was the addition of a chip inside the passports. The chip is featured on the information page, is machine-readable, and contains key biometric data on each traveler helping to reduce fraud.
The number of pages in the passport were reduced and the ability to add pages is no longer an option. Passports are also sporting a new cover with a special coating to protect the book from getting wet and bending.
Outsourcing your U.S. passport to us is one way to beat the lines and get your passport faster. Talk to us today 713-874-1420. Se Habla Espanol.