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ime Add headingIf 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.

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Make sure you meet the minimum requirements for passport renewal!

Then you will need to get some paperwork together. We have a handy checklist to help you with that task. Click to view.
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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.

7 Beautiful Travel Destinations for Walking ToursA type of travel that is gaining rapid popularity is the guided walking tour. Small groups with local guides allow for an intimate tourist experience. Generally, the usual tourist traps are avoided and you get a real view of the country.

Often local guides will arrange for a dinner with a local family in town to give you a genuine taste of the local cuisine. Make sure your passport is ready to go (along with your most comfortable shoes) and talk to us if you need to renew your passport or require a travel visa for entry to any of the countries mentioned in this list.

1. Bhutan
A beautiful walking tour that will take you through ancient temples, small villages nestled between enormous Himalayan peaks, and rice paddies and farms worked the way they have been for thousands of years.

2. New Zealand
Known for its beaches, forests, and beautiful valleys, New Zealand is a nature lover’s dream tour. Due to the country’s geographical isolation, it has developed uniquely in its evolution with a singular ecosystem. Visit untamed frontier towns and quaint villages, all in one tour!

3. Croatia
The Dalmatian Coast is quietly becoming a must-see destination for lovers of medieval architecture, olive groves, and beautiful, rolling green hills. Island-hopping is the standard mode of tourism through this country by the sea.

4. Czech Republic
This country has walking tours that are set in villages that look like they came straight out of a fairytale. World-class breweries, charming cobblestone streets in cities like Telč, the catacombs of Tábor, and the crooked medieval lanes of Český Krumlov where you’ll see brightly painted row-houses. Prague has intriguing gothic streets to explore, and of course, sample the street food of handmade dumplings.

5. Iceland
Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland offers beautiful landscapes, black sand beaches, waterfalls, lava fields and their famous hot springs. Steeped in Viking traditions, you’ll find fjords with Minke whales and seals along with picturesque villages to explore. In the city of Reykjavík enjoy all the comforts of home and explore Europe’s largest migratory bird sanctuary at beautiful Lake Mývatn. One must-see is found in Þingvellir National Park, where you can stand at the meeting place of Iceland’s 1,000-year-old parliament.

6. Peru
Machu Picchu is a destination on the bucket list of many travelers, when you visit, make it a walking tour and really get a feel for the area. The vibrant culture of the area is filled with buzzing marketplaces, beautiful, high rising Andean peaks, and explore the ruins of the lost cities. Other great walking tour destinations in Peru include the Urubamba River Valley or the baroque architecture found in Cusco.

7. Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
Foodies will enjoy a walking tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Walking tours often include a walking tour of the Night Market where all types of delicacies can be sampled. Cambodia walking tours often include the Khmer ruins which are overrun and half hidden by huge silk-cotton trees in the jungles. In Laos, you’ll see country villages and quiet pagodas while walking lush trails.

Those are just seven popular destinations to book a walking tour. Forget the tourist traps and crowded venues, see a country as it was meant to be seen with a local guiding the way.

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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.

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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.

Ghana Tourism- 7 Places to Check Out
Thinking about visiting Ghana? This African nation is a must-see. ghanamap

Visitors hear the word, “Akwaaba” frequently traveling through the streets and all over the country. The basic meaning is “Welcome” but it is used to spread the warm, welcoming feeling Ghana is known for.

kakumparkKakum National Park
Love the forest? Love birding? If walking under a natural canopy of trees is included in your idea of a beautiful view, don’t miss visiting this national park. It covers 375 square kilometres and is a frequent destination for nature enthusiasts.

capecoastCape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle is a reminder of a sad history in Ghana of slavery. When gold was discovered, so much in the area it’s where the name “Gold Coast” came from. European traders built the castle to help protect it and enslaved Africans to work at the castle. This is one of roughly “slave castles” located on the Gold Coast.

nationalmuseumghanaNational Museum of Ghana
There are six national museums in Ghana, this is the largest and oldest located in the capital city of Accra. Definitely worth your time to go visit.

molenationalparkMole National Park
What was once a small game reserve in 1957, is now the largest national park in Ghana. Experience tours where you can photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. Elephants are a frequent sight.

elminacastleElmina Castle
History buffs will appreciate a tour of this castle built in 1492 by the Portuguese. It originally served as a trading post and slave trading station. If you want to read more about this castle, at Ancient Origins.

busuaBusua
Want to kick back and enjoy a beautiful beach view? Busua is the destination for you. An interesting side-note, if you have ever wanted to surf, Busua is home to most of the avid surfers in Ghana. Get some pro-tips!

voltalakeLake Volta
This lake was formed by the contained water of the Akosombo Dam. There is quiet fishing, lakeside fun, and friendly people abound. If the beach isn’t your thing, but you enjoy fishing check out Lake Volta.

nzuleloNzulezo
This is known as “The Village on Stilts” and indeed, every building is up on stilts or built on platforms over the water of Lake Tadane.  There are waterfalls nearby, abundant fishing, and quiet, lakeside enjoyment for travelers.

Entry to Ghana for United States travelers requires a visa and a passport. If you’d rather spend time planning your trip than visiting the embassy and dealing with paperwork, let us do the legwork for you. It starts here at Ghana Visa.

 

Spring Break 2017 (2)As of January last year, the option to add pages to your passport was ended. You will now need to renew your passport. No matter when your expiration date is.

Fortunately, it is very easy to renew your passport through Texas Tower.

Just make sure you meet the requirements for a passport renewal:
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Next, just go to our Passport Renewal page and get started.

You just need to collect the documents we need to process your passport renewal and you can have your passport on our standard time service in 8-12 days or as fast as 24-hours.

Here’s all you need to do:
1 – Signed passport renewal application completed online.
2- 2 Passport photos.
3 – Signed authorization for Texas Tower to act on your behalf,
4- Your current passport (a new passport will be issued to you).
5- Flight itinerary or company letter requesting rush service
6- Texas Tower order form.

That is all you have to do!

If you have any questions or feel like you have a special circumstance regarding your passport renewal, please contact our office at 713-874-1420. Once of our agents will be ready to help you make updating your passport fast and easy.

Take a minute and think about your passport, when does it expire? Your passport basically expires six months before the expiration date. U.S. travelers will be unable to travel out of the country.

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One woman recounted a tale of being in a Miami airport waiting to board a plane to Cuba when some fellow travelers had passports that expired within the following six months and had their trips canceled right then and there.

It can take 4-7 weeks on average to get your passport from the U.S. Passport Agency, and if you choose to have it expedited, be prepared to still wait another 2-3 weeks.

Using Texas Tower, we can fast-process a U.S. passport renewal. 24 hours from the time you give us your documents, your passport can be in your hand ready to travel with you.

We have a handy list of the documents you need to gather.
First, make sure you meet the requirements to renew your passport. If you don’t meet the requirements, you will need to apply for a new passport.
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Now use the handy list for the documents and items you need to get your passport renewed fast.  All documents must be signed and mailed to us. Unfortunately, you may not scan and email us these documents because the Department of State requires original signatures.  [click to view larger]
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Send your documents to Texas Tower and our trained staff will begin the process to get your passport renewal expedited. Call us today 713-874-1420.

 

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If you’ve been putting off renewing your passport because you don’t want to deal with chasing the paperwork or standing in the long lines, it’s time to consider outsourcing the task. You can fill out the documentation you need to renew your passport, send it into us and get your passport back much faster than using the U.S. Passport Agency. Here are some of the most common questions and answers we get regarding passports.

Can I just apply for a new passport online?
Yes and no. You can do much of the documentation you need online but you will have to print your forms and send them to Texas Tower. We created a passport renewal checklist to follow for passport renewal that makes it easy to get your documents gathered and sent so you can get your passport renewed quickly.

Which form is the correct one for renewing a passport?
The usual form for renewing a passport is Form DS-82 is used for passport renewals. Depending on your situation, additional forms may be required.

How  Close to the expiration date of my passport do I need to renew?
Some international destinations will require that your passport has more than 6 months before the expiration date at the completion of your trip.

I changed my name, do I have to renew my passport?
If your name has legally changed due to marriage, divorce, or other reason , and you have updated your state-issued identification- you’re going to need to renew and change your name on your passport and travel documents. The name on your passport much match your other identification or it can halt your travel plans.

I got my passport at 14 and it’s now expiring.  How do I renew this passport?
You will most likely need to apply for a new (adult) passport.

I understand that a passport photo needs to have a plain background, can I just take a selfie?
You can take your own photographs for your passport photo, but there are some requirements you need to meet.
You can’t just snap a selfie for your passport photo. We highly recommend using a professional passport photo service to get your passport photos.
Here are the requirements :
Size : 2×2 inches
Identical images
Must be full color
Frontal face view only with plain white background
No headgear
If you use a hearing aide, hairpiece or wig, – wear them for your photo.
No eyeglasses or sunglasses may be worn for your photo as of November 1st, 2016

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The State Department quoted me a wait time of 6-7 weeks for my passport.I need to leave before then.  Can Texas Tower get it any faster?
You bet we can. Our standard service time is 8-12 working days and if you need an expedited passport, we can get you a 24-hour passport renewal.

What happens to my expired passport? 
Your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new passport.  It’s a good idea to keep your old passport in a safe place as it is one method of showing proof of your U.S. citizenship.

What is the renew passport process?
We streamlined the process so it’s very quick and easy.
1- Gather the documents on the passport renewal checklist.
2- Send to our office with the passport agency fee + service fee.
3- Receive your passport in 8-12 business days or 24 hours for expedited service.

If you have a passport renewal question, contact our offices at 713-874-1420 or on Twitter, we’re ready to answer!

renew-your-passportSeptember is Passport Awareness Month and here’s something great to know you can do at any time: speed up getting your passport.

In a recent story by The Huffington Post, passengers flying out of the states of New Hampshire, New York, Louisiana, and Minnesota when the Real I.D. Act goes into effect in 2018, travelers will likely need to show a passport to meet the minimum identification requirements.

If you’re in one of these states and don’t already have a passport, it’s a good idea to start thinking ahead. To get a passport through the State Department, it can take four to seven weeks at standard time service, and expedited service can run two to three weeks. This is where knowing a tip can save you time for getting your passport.

Outsource getting your passport to Texas Tower. Our standard expediting service can pull the wait time to get your passport down to 8-12 days or as little as 24 hours.

We can walk you through the process of putting together your paperwork and our trained staff will make it easy to get your first passport or renew your passport. Read about the process here.

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Passport Right NowRemember 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 info@texastower.net .