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No matter what the reason is that you need your passport, we can help you.

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The number one reason people realize they suddenly need their passport, is the country they are about to visit needs to see that you have more more than 6 months left on your passport before it expires. If you have less than six months left until the expiration date, pretty much consider your passport expired.

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You have choices for renewing your passport, changing the name on your passport, or even applying for your first-ever passport for yourself or a child in your family.
If you choose to go through the State Department – there are fees and the process can take on the average anywhere from four to seven weeks. This is exactly the reason it makes sense to outsource the processing of the paperwork to Texas Tower.

We can bring the standard time service for obtaining your passport down to 8-12 days.  If you need your passport on a rush basis, we can have your passport within 24-hours.

Read more about the types of passport situations we can assist you with at the Texas Tower Passport page.

There are many reasons you might need to expedite your passport renewal, but when it gets down to the point of, you need it sooner than six to seven weeks, that’s where we can help you.

Here is how to renew your U.S. passport through us.
First, you’re going to need your current passport. It must be undamaged and will need to be submitted with your renewal. If your passport is damaged. you’ll need to follow instructions for obtaining a new passport – just talk to us, we can walk you through the process.

The documents we’re going to need, you will need documents with original signatures, the State Department requires it. Email and faxed documents cannot be processed.

Step One: One completed and signed application for passport renewal. This must be completed online at the Department of State (we can give you the link).

Step Two: You will need to submit two passport type photos. You can take the photos yourself but there are strict requirements. Talk to us if you’re not sure.

Step Three: Sign the Authorization Letter allowing us to work as your agent.

Step Four – If you need rush service, you will need to include a flight itinerary or company letter requesting a need for this expediting.

Step Five: Include our order form with payment and depending on the level of service chosen, you can have a passport in your hands as fast as 24-hours.

You can get started here at our dedicated Passport Renewal page. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to our staff at 713-874-1420

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passports and visa servicesYou have choices when you apply for your first passport or renew.  You can go through the U.S. Passport Agency, and the wait time can be up to four to seven weeks, with the average time around six weeks.

The other choice is outsourcing your passport acquisition to a third party agency like Texas Tower.

We make it very simple for you.  Simply click the link for the type of passport service your individual situation requires, and then use our checklist to get the necessary documents printed and signed. Then we’ll do the rest of the leg work for you.

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Our standard turn around time is 6-12 days or you can get an expedited passport rush in just 24 hours.  The U.S. Passport Agency does not offer 24-hour service.

There is a fee for using our service, but it frees you up to plan your trip and not hassle with the passport agency. When you’re ready for your passport, we’ll have it for you.

If you have any questions about obtaining your passport or feel you have a unique situation, just contact our office at 713-874-1420, and one of our specialists will be happy to assist you.

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. At this time, all 50 states have either switched to Act-compliant state identification or have filed an extension. However, by 2020, all states much comply.

Having a valid US passport meets the requirements for alternative ID and it’s good for ten years until expiration. 

Make Sure Your Passport Photo is Compliant
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.

New U.S. Passports Have Chips
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.

Passport Pages
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.

It stressful to find out at the last minute before you leave for your trip that your passport is expired.
The good news is that in just a few steps, you can renew your expired passport in as little as 24-hours.

Step 1. Make sure you meet the requirements to renew your passport.
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Step 2. Complete the application for passport renewal online at the State Department portal.

Step 3. You’ll need two passport photos. Remember, as of November 1st, 2016, no glasses are allowed in passport photos.
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Step 4. Print and sign the authorization letter for Texas Tower to act on your behalf to obtain your passport for you.

Step 5. You will need to include a copy of your flight itinerary or letter on company letterhead requesting rush level service for your passport application.

Step 6. Print and fill out the Texas Tower order form.

Step 7. Send the documents along with your currently expired passport to Texas Tower. Your passport will be canceled and returned to you with your new passport.

Ready to get started? Access to the necessary forms and list of fees can be found on our Renew Passport page.

With the expiration dates of U.S. passports issued under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the lines are getting longer at the passport office.

When you want to travel outside the U.S. for the holidays, you will need your U.S. passport for entry into most countries and re-entry to the United States.

Here’s how easy renewing your passport is through us.   First, make sure you qualify to renew your U.S. passport. Your current passport should be undamaged and submitted with your renewal application.

You should be 16 or older and your passport should have been issued within the past 15 years. If you don’t meet these requirements, talk to us at 713-874-1420 and we can help you!

Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to renew your passport. We can also process for every member of the family – including newborns.

Get started here and don’t let your holiday travel get delayed due to an expired passport!

It’s December 1st and it’s time look ahead to 2018. We put together five destinations that are proving to be popular this coming year.

Angra dos Reis, Brazil
In 2016, Brazil hosted the Summer Olympics and the influx of people visiting for the games turned into travel into outlying cities. The tourism board of Brazil is hoping to bring back the waiver to encourage another boom in tourism. A place well worth checking out is Angra dos Reis. This popular destination is where many of the country’s elite go to escape the crowds and own beach villas in the area. There are plans to open a 54-suite luxury hotel in the area as well as a golf course, more restaurants, and a marina.

Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade has been steadily growing since the end of the Yugoslav wars. The areas once covered in damage from fighting and graffiti has become restaurants and bars. The nightlife is vibrant and there are numerous night markets to take advantage of the local street foods. One of the biggest draws for tourists is the growing craft-beer brewing that has been showing no signs of slowing down.

Bermuda
Bermuda hasn’t been on any travel lists for a few years due to a financial crisis that left their tourism in a stagnant state. Bermuda has been shaking off the dive their tourism industry took and has been working on rebuilding and attracting travelers back to their island nation. Along with an improved economy, Bermuda is performing a 100-million dollar overhaul of the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, the islands 132-year old grand attraction for guests to stay in. Other luxury hotels are also getting modern makeovers to ensure the tourist industry gets back on its feet and stays strong.

Cambodian Coast
Want to do something off the beaten path that is also beautiful?
Cambodia has some of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing islands to visit, but getting to them has been difficult involving hours of travel. Now direct flights are being arranged from Ho Chi Minh City. Luxury spas are among the jewels you can find on Krabey Island and on Koh Russey, you can dine on traditional Khmer cuisine.

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Many travelers go through Guayaquil on their way to the Galápagos, but it is worth exploring on its own. New luxury hotels have opened to entice travelers to stay a little longer and enjoy what this country has to offer. There is also a wildlife sanctuary set on a former cacao plantation. The capital city has been modernized with playgrounds, galleries, museums, gardens, and even a Ferris wheel.

Search around at sites like Kayak for deals on international travel fares. For many of these destinations you will need a valid passport only, no travel visa required. If you aren’t sure, talk to us and we can tell you what documentation you’ll need for your destination country.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.texastower.net. We’re ready to assist you!

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You know what comes after Memorial Day Weekend? Summer travel season kicks off!

Despite recent controversies with some airlines, the Washington, D.C.-based industry group Airlines for America has stated they believe there will be approximately a 4% increase in air travel this year with some 234-million passengers flying between June 1st and August 31st.

One thing travelers with destinations outside the United States should do is make sure their passports have at least 6 months left on their passports before the expiration date. If you need to renew your passport, we can make it happen in as little as 24 hours. Expect a wait of an average of 5-7 weeks through the U.S. Passport Agency.

Best Western is reporting advance booking of its 2000+ hotels across the U.S. is reporting a 7% increase in summer bookings. Other hotel chains are reporting similar increases. Which means, you can expect airports to be crowded all summer.

According to Airlines for America, there will be an all-time high this year for summer travel. So conventional wisdom tells you , plan your trip, book your hotel early, and make sure your passport is ready to go!

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How much do you know about your humble passport? Recently, we put together a list of the most common questions we get regarding passports. See how many of these facts you know about U.S. passports.

What is the cost of getting a U.S. Passport?
It depends on the type of passport you need and the speed at which you need your passport processed. You can see the full list at Texas Tower Passports.

You have an emergency that requires international travel, how do you get a passport?
There are two choices you can make:
(1) You can go through a passport agency where you will be required to schedule an appointment and appear in person with documentation of your emergency.
(2) You can use a third-party agency such as Texas Tower Passport and Visa to obtain your passport and you will only be required to fill out paperwork and send it to our office. Call our office at 713-874-1420 to get started now.

compareserviceHow long does it take to get a passport?
It depends on where you order your passport from. Getting a passport from your local passport agency requires an appointment and standard service can be four to seven weeks. This is where using a third-party agency pays off. If you order your passport through Texas Tower, we can obtain it in as little as 24-hours. Our standard turn-around time is 8-12 days.

How many blank visa pages should you have in your passport?
It’s a good idea to have two to four blank visa pages in your passport. Not all countries require a blank page for entry/exit visa stamps, but you could be prevented from boarding your flight if our passport doesn’t have the adequate amount of pages if you are visiting a country that has that requirement.  As of January 2016, you can no longer add pages to your passport, you will need to renew if you need to add pages.

If you’re renewing your passport, do you get your old one back?
Yes, you do. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep your old passport in a safe place, as it can be proof of your U.S. citizenship.

What should you do if you find a lost passport?
If you cannot readily locate the passport holder, you should mail the passport in to this address:
ATTN: CLASP
U.S. Department of State
CA/PPT/S/L/LE
4th Floor
1150 Passport Services PL
Dulles, VA 20189-1150

Do you need a passport for domestic travel?
Not at this time, according to the Department of Homeland Security, “Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel.” You can read more on this at the DHS’s Real I.D. page. A recent news story from CBS Philly on February 3rd noted travelers should renew their passports as soon as possible if they are coming up on expiration.

Who signs an infant or young child’s passport book?
The parent or legal guardian can print the child’s name, then sign their own name in the space provided.

What type of paper should photos for passports be printed on?
Photos must be printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper.

Can you wear eyeglasses in a passport photo?
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In November 2016, glasses cannot be worn in your passport photo.

Those are just a few of the most common questions we get on a regular basis. Got a passport or visa question? Ask us on Facebook or call 713-874-1420.