15 Tips for Dealing With Your Passport Issue

The most common cause of a passport application being declined or delayed, as well as a passport being misplaced, stolen, or destroyed, is carelessness.

What actions are required to stop this from happening? How should I care for my passport? The 16 valuable suggestions listed below will help you obtain your passport, maintain it in your possession, and keep it in excellent shape. Before departing on your trip

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1. Determine if a passport is even necessary.

Country entrance rules can vary, and they frequently do. You won't be permitted to board the aircraft if you show up at the airport without the necessary documentation. Of course, travel insurance doesn't cover this.

Currently, a valid passport is required for entry into more than 80% of the nations around the globe. It's critical to ascertain the country's foreign nationals' admission rules as soon as possible.


2. Make an early passport application.

A new passport should be requested at least 90 days before your departure. 8 to 11 months before your passport expiration, start the renewal procedure. Why so soon? Before issuing a visa, several nations demand that your passport still has six to eight months of validity.


3. Fill out the form's required information.

Each type of passport service has specific standards that must be met. Obtain the proper application form and thoroughly complete it. Check each entry once more. Also, validate it with a friend or family member. If there are problems with the application form, the request for a passport may be delayed or even rejected.


4. Accurately follow the instructions for the necessary paperwork.

The two most often utilized papers when applying for a new passport are a certified birth certificate as proof of citizenship and a current driver's license as proof of identification.

Your birth certificate must be a certified copy with the raised, embossed, stamped, or multicolored seal of the registrar, as well as the signature of the registrar and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be no more than a year after your birth. Photocopies are not permitted. Your license must have been issued for more than six months.

Your old passport serves as both identification and evidence of citizenship when applying for a new passport. It cannot be changed, altered, or damaged to be considered genuine. You must supply two similar passport images taken within the past six months. These passport images must be 2"x2" with a basic white or off-white backdrop. They must be full-face views, with the head measuring 1 to 1 3/8 inches from chin to top of the head. Images might be in color or black and white.


5. Sign your check as well as the passport application form.

Surprisingly, many people fail to sign their passport application form or check to Passport Services. Recheck everything at least twice, if not three times.


6. Request extra pages.

Are you a frequent traveler? Request a passport with 48 pages (at no additional cost). It will allow you to go further before needing to be replaced.


7. Fill out the emergency information and sign your passport.

When your passport comes, double-check that all of its information is correct. If yes, sign it and write in your current address and the contact person's name in case of an emergency. If not, send it back to the State Department for revision.


8. Make duplicates of your passport and photographs.

Give a duplicate of your passport to a friend or family who can be reached quickly in an emergency. Take the extra images and the other copy with you on your vacation. You may scan your passport and upload a copy using an online document storage service. You may then access it from practically anywhere on the globe. While You're On Vacation.


9. Always store your passport in a secure location!

Never leave your passport in your luggage, backpack, handbag, car, hotel room, or any other location! If you must carry your passport, keep it in a money belt or inner coat pocket. Place your passport in the hotel safe upon arrival.


10. Never leave your passport alone.

Passports left on a counter, phone booth, or table are easily misplaced or stolen. Make it a practice to put your passport away soon after using it.


11. If traveling as a family or group, don't let one person carry all the passports.

The chances of one person carrying all the passports, losing or having them stolen, are substantially higher than the chances of all the passports being stolen or lost if each owner takes them.


12. Never give somebody your passport if you are not present.

Never allow the person scrutinizing your passport to leave your presence, whether checking in at the airport, going through customs, exchanging currency, or doing anything else that needs you to display your passport. If the individual begins to walk away, draw their attention and ask to join them. According to law enforcement records, US passports are occasionally used for illegal entry into the US or by criminals overseas wanting to establish another identity. You'd feel quite ashamed if your name was linked to unlawful actions.


13. Report the loss of your passport as soon as possible.

You should not have any problems losing your passport if you are cautious and follow the suggestions above.

If this occurs, notify the local police immediately and proceed to the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Bring a copy of your passport and extra pictures. You will be given a temporary passport, which you can replace when you return to the United States. When You Return.


14. Plan your passport renewal.

Check your passport's expiration date and set a reminder to renew it on time. Remember to start the process 8 to 11 months before the expiration date. Place the reminder somewhere. It will not be forgotten.


15. Determine the number of blank pages that remain.

Some nations demand a blank visa page. There may be a need for as many pages as there are countries to be visited if you plan a future journey during which you will travel to several different nations.

You can request more if you do not have enough pages in your passport, but it is not due for renewal.

About This Author

Philip Diack is Founder and Managing Director of Passports and Visas.com, a national passport and travel visa service with offices in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, NYC, Denver and San Francisco.

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