The answer to that question is a qualified Yes! By 2018, many states will not accept a state i.d. as valid identification for flying, and a passport is a great option to use instead.
With the summertime fast approaching, make sure that you have all of your documents in place to be able to travel is vital. It would be awful to have a wonderful vacation planned out and then check and realize your passport has expired or is close to expiring.
Summer is the Busiest Time for Travel
What this means though is that processing time for passports and visas take even more time than usual. The standard time for processing passports is approximately 4 to 6 weeks. However in the busier season it goes up to between 7 to 8 weeks. If you are traveling somewhere that is usually a popular vacation spot or is really popular for a certain reason the time could go up even more. That’s why outsourcing the acquisition of your passport is a great idea.
An example: in 2014 the world cup was in Brazil and this made Brazil seriously overrun with travelers and hence longer processing times. For the 2016 Olympics, Brazil waived the visa requirement, but not the passport.
Another reason to keep that Passport Current
The state department strongly suggests that you don’t wait till the last minute to renew your passport. There are countries that will deny access to people that have less than 6 months left before their passport expires. So keep that in mind and make sure you check your documents. You can and should check out the country that you are planning to and you can get your destination country information at the State Departments page here.
If You Get Caught Short with Your Passport
So you check your documents and you find that your passport is expired or just plain lost. Or you check your travel destination and find your passport is due to expire within the time frame that makes your destination country a no go. You also don’t have the time or don’t want to wait 4 to 6 weeks or more for your passport. What do you do? That’s where we come in.
Texas Tower can expedite your passport same day or within 24 hours. Additionally, they can answer any of your questions personally and you get the personal touch of having experienced people to help you through what can sometimes be a stressful situation. Just go to Texas Tower Passports and get started.