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.
Everyone that has gone through the process of getting a U.S. passport knows the basics of how it works and to keep their passport safe. Here are five things you may not know about your U.S. passport.
The U.S. Passport is no longer the most powerful
The power of a passport is calculated by how many countries the passport holder can visit without obtaining a travel visa. Up until the present the U.S. and U.K. were tied for first place. This year, Germany scooped them both as the most powerful passport according to the Global Passport Index.
The majority of Americans don’t have passports
According to the latest figures from the State Department, only 38% of Americans hold current passports.
Your expiration date isn’t your expiration date
Even though your passport reads it expires in 10 years, most countries won’t let you enter if you have less than 6 months left on your passport. So you technically have to renew after 9 years to stay current.
Counterfeit passports tend to get caught
The newest incarnation of the U.S. passport possesses over 30 security features and is very difficult to duplicate. Fraudulent passports are normally caught very quickly.
The chip in your passport is high-tech
Although passports have had chips since around 2005, the chip has evolved from then to now as much more secure. The chip is protected with a polycarbonate coating and only countries with the same technology can read and verify the chip.
If you don’t have a current passport, or you have questions about how to renew or obtain a passport, just ask us! Call us at 713-874-1420 or email email@example.com .
With many American states given the reprieve until 2017 to comply with identification requirements, having a passport for travel within the United States still isn’t a thing. In the future, that may change. In the meantime you still need your passport for traveling outside the United States. Here are some of the most common passport issues we see daily and how to handle them.
Your passport is within 6 months of expiring.
You might as well consider your passport expired if there is less than six months left until the expiration date. Go ahead and renew your passport.
The country you’re entering requires a blank page in your passport for stamping upon entry, and you do not have the blank pages available.
Until January 2016, you could add pages to your passport. Now you need to go through the renewal process to add pages, no matter how much extra time is left until expiration.
Remember! No glasses in passport photos now
You are an adult that wants their first passport.
Applying for your first passport can seem daunting with the documents you need to gather. However, our service can make it easy. Just look over what you need to do to apply for a U.S. passportthrough Texas Tower and let us get your passport for you.
Can someone have two passports?
Yes, if you meet certain requirements. If you are traveling between politically sensitive countries or you need to get a visa stamp plus need to travel internationally at the same time – you qualify. Learn more here.
Have a newborn and need to travel internationally? You need a passport.
We can obtain passports for your children from newborn to 15 years of age. Children over that age will need to use the adult passport form.
Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport?
We can assist you in that. We have some forms you need to fill out and we can help you get your old passport canceled and your new passport in your hands.
Avoid delays and keep your name current on your travel docs.
Marriage, divorce, adoption, and other life events can cause a change in your name. Make sure your name on your identification matches your passport exactly. If you need to update, let us help you apply for a name change on your passport.
Remember when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was launched in 2007? Prior to that, United States citizens didn’t need a passport to visit Canada or Mexico, since then – definitely.
If the WHTI was a catalyst for getting your passport, as it was for many travelers, your expiration date is coming up and here are five things you need to know.
1 – Lines are long and expected to get longer. The Passport Bureau of Consular Affairs stated they are estimating they will processing 17 million applications this year and that number will increase to 20 million applications in 2017.
2-Start the renewal process in the 9th year of your passport. Since most countries will require that your passport has an expiration date that is 6 months beyond the completion of your trip, make sure you never experience a halt to your travels by renewing your passport earlier.
3 – Even if international travel isn’t on your to-do list for the near future, be prepared and have your passport ready to go. You never know when a family member may fall ill overseas or maybe your kid is studying abroad and your presence is needed. You can’ t plan for an emergency, but you can be ready to handle it if your passport is ready to go.
4- A passport is a great backup plan. If you lose your identification, a valid passport is proof of citizenship and can save you a lot of hassle getting your I.D. reissued.
5 – If you travel frequently and cannot wait to get your new passport back to leave for your trip, there is something you can do. This is one of the best times to use a passport expediting service. You can get your passport back as fast as 24 hours.
Got a passport renewal question? Ask us as on Twitter @TxtPassportVisa or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.