U.S. Passport Changes
Every day we serve many clients traveling abroad. That is why we decided to explore the new changes in U.S. passports application process. Did you know, that it has been almost 10 years since passports became required for “local” travels abroad - to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean?
In 2007, due to the law established by the 9/11 Commission, many people got their spanking new passports, which means that very soon, all of them will expire, and the renewal time may take longer than usually. As of now, it takes about six weeks to get a new document. In addition to many expired passports, there might be more new applicants. The state ID’s will soon be updated with advanced features like data storing chips. If your state isn’t able to keep up with the changes you will be required to use your passport as your identification document on domestic flights. That could also increase the passport application time.
To improve the security, decrease fraud and shorten security check up time, the new documents will include a data chip with personal information that can be easily scanned. The changes will also include fewer pages. Unless you request otherwise, the new passports will only have 28 pages instead of 52.
Don’t forget that children’s passports are only valid for 5 years, not for 10 like yours! In addition, they also require more documents, like proof of your relationship as well parental consent forms.
The application process is fairly easy. You can apply online or at your local post office. However, don’t forget to follow up the new rules for passports. For example, starting this month (November 2016) you cannot wear glasses in your photos any longer.
Hopefully, our research will help you get passports for you and your family right on time before your next trip.