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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

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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. 

How to Get Your Personal Papers OrganizedHave you ever heard one of the basic laws of time management? It’s the number one thing you should do to get a grip on your day. Basically, any task you’re doing will expand to fill the time you’ve allotted to it. If you decided to get rid of clothes that you no longer wear, clean our your garage, or hunker down and get that budget going on paper you have been thinking about: you must send a beginning time and end time to complete a task or you can wind up wasting time. If you set a beginning time and ending time – you’ll tend to work more efficiently and see accomplishments which is motivating to do it again.

Now, there are a lot of great sites that will give you tips on how to clean your kitchen in 10 minutes or how to get your day organized so you do more work and have more family time. We are going to tackle a project that you generally don’t think about until you need it: personal paperwork.

If there’s a fire, natural disaster, or simply need to travel or move your residence – your personal paperwork should be easy to find for all family members when you need it quickly.

Don’t get discouraged or feel overwhelmed
Before you start, set a starting and ending time to get organized. Also, designate times when you won’t be bothered, this includes turning off your cell phone, signing out of social networks, and don’t stop to check email. Depending on how much searching you need to do to pull your important personal paperwork together.

Designate a place for all your personal paperwork
This means getting a small fire-proof safe, lock box, or other type of filing system you deem reliable for your own needs.

What goes in?
Your passport, your birth certificate, passports and birth certificates for family members, rental or mortgage papers, insurance, and photos of your residence for insurance purposes.
You can also include warranties, large purchase receipts, and medical records for yourself and the family.

how-to-get-your-sao-tome-and-principe-visa-1What if some paperwork can’t be found?
Things get lost or damaged in moves. It happens. You can get copies of your social security cards if you cannot find them. Your insurance company is usually happy to send you anything missing paperwork. And if you need a copy of your birth certificate or you have discovered your passport is set to expire, we can assist you with passport renewal and birth certificate acquisition.

Smart tip : have an extra copy of your birth certificate and one for every family member in a safe place.

Once you get organized, whenever you are given a document, decide immediately if it needs to be placed with your other important paperwork. This will enable you to always be on top of your personal paperwork.

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Okay fast question, do you have a certified copy of your birth certificate?

Does your spouse?

Do you have one for your children?

If you cannot absolutely answer, “Yes.”
You need one.

If you know you have a certified birth certificate, take a minute and make sure you know where it is.”I thought it was there”….is a really common occurrence when you are hunting at the last minute for paperwork.

When it gets down to it, there are many circumstances that will require you show proof of identity via a birth certificate, and most agencies won’t accept one that is not certified. It’s also a good idea to have a spare in a safe place in your home or a safety deposit box.

We can obtain the following certified documents for you:
United States Birth Certificates – We can help you get a legal, certified copy of your birth certificate.

Puerto Rico Birth Certificates – Need a copy of your birth certificate from Puerto Rico? We can handle the process for you.
You can get started here or call our office if you have any questions or concerns, a member of our staff will be happy to answer any questions or help guide you through the process.

Do you need a birth certificate or other document translated?
We can handle for you to or from any language you choose. Contact us at 713-874-1420 to discuss your individual translation needs.

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This is the time of year when all that hard work in school is paying off with an acceptance to college. This means a fresh start, making new friends, living independently, and maturing as an individual.

Before a new college student can make the leap into their dorm room, they will need to give their new school certain required vital records. We put together a quick list to have handy so your graduate won’t experience any delays.

  • Photo identification
  • Social security card copy
  • Official high school transcripts
  • ACT, SAT or other college approved test scores
  • Immunization and medical records
  • Certificate birth certificate copy

Here’s a breakdown of each type of identification and how to get it:
Photo Identification
Your photo identification may be in the form of a driver’s license or state-issued identification. Some colleges will also accept passport photos, and even a high school photo ID as proof of identity.

Social Security Card
If your graduate doesn’t have a social security card to show, you’ll need to order a replacement copy from your local social security office.

Transcripts
These are simple to obtain. Contact the high school your child graduated from and ask them to send the transcripts directly to the college where your child will be enrolled. If you haven’t made a decision, most high schools will give you the transcripts directly, often there is a small charge.

Test Scores
You will need to send test scores for ACT, SAT, or other tests with most college applications. The process for sending the scores is usually simple. Create an account at the testing organization and then simply ask to have the test scores sent via the web to the college of your choice. If you need the process done on a rush basis, there is often a small fee for expedited service.

Medical Records
Every college has their own unique requirements. Find out what specific forms they need your doctor to fill out. For some colleges, it is as simple as a record of immunizations for the new student.

Birth Certificate
Many colleges will require a certified copy of birth. If you cannot locate or your copy isn’t certified, we can assist you in obtaining a new one from any state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

That’s the basic list you’re going to need document-wise to get into college. If you need help obtaining a birth certificate for your graduate, talk to us!