If someone asked you right now if your passport was expired, do you know for sure? Remember if it’s got six months or less to go before the expiration date, just call it expired. The huge majority of countries require at least six months of time left after the completion date of your departure from the country. So, time to renew that passport.
When you want to renew your passport, you have two main choices. You can go through the Passport Agency which can take four to seven weeks on the average or you can outsource the task to a passport and visa company. There is a small service fee attached, but doing the legwork to get a passport renewal won’t be on you.
The following is an overview of how to renew your passport.
First make sure you meet the minimum requirements to renew your passport.
Then you will need to get some paperwork together. We have a handy checklist to help you with that task. Click to view.
We offer real-time tracking and above all, you’ll always talk to a human when you go through Texas Tower Passport and Visa. We don’t rely on automated systems to handle our clients. We will work with you from start to finish to make sure your passport renewal goes fast and easy.
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.
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.
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 Passportpage.
Knowing when to renew your U.S. passport is as important as owning one. Also learn how about why you need blank pages in your passport. This ensures your travel plans happen like you wanted, and not stopped at the entry point of your destination country.
#1 Where is your passport?
It happens. You put up your passport after your last adventure and now that you’re planning another trip, you can’t find it. A good idea is to get a small lockbox or designated place for personal travel papers, then you’ll never do that last minute scramble to find your passport again.
#2 When do you need to renew your passport?
Many countries have requirements that a U.S. passport has six months validity remaining in order to enter.
This means even if your passport is currently valid and not expired, you may get detained or denied entry at certain borders. A good plan is to begin the renewal process six months before your passport expires and then you’ll travel without any issues.
#3 How many blank pages does your passport have?
Another issue for frequent travelers is running out of pages in their passports. Not having enough blank pages in your passport can stop your entry to some countries. It’s a good rule of thumb to always have two to four blank pages in your passport. You can no longer add pages, you will now need to renew if your passport is lacking blank pages.
Need help? First, talk to us about renewing your passport.
Additionally, if your travels are frequent and require a passport, you can ask for a larger passport. Larger passports have 43 pages instead of the standard 17.
Answering these three questions can avoid some of the biggest causes of travel delays.
TexasTower.net is registered, but not affiliated, with the US Government for obtaining travel documents. Our service charges an additional fee to expedite your passport in 24 hours to 12 days. If you do not wish to use our services, you can obtain your passport directly from the U.S. Department of State in 4-7 weeks.