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The US passport being the most powerful passport in the planet goes through a lot of queries and there are even a lot of queries regarding this piece of document which are quite confusing to say the least. As such, in this discourse we are going to put some focus on a few aspects related to the US passport which normally confuses us and we get answers in accordance with the number of people we have spoken to regarding them. The discussion will definitely take us a long way in making us knowledgeable regarding the problem areas that haunt us while discussing the issues related to passport. Continue reading
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Detailed and thorough travel plans can change in the blink of an eye. A trip abroad originally intended to take place several months in the future might be rescheduled for next week, and you still may not have your passport. Or, you could already be traveling, and your passport gets lost or stolen. None of us likes to contemplate those options, but it is necessary to know how to replace that document without totally disrupting a trip in progress. These situations often call for an Emergency USA Passport.
The normal process of applying for a U.S. Passport is not really complicated. It can be time consuming, however. In some cases the entire procedure may take at least a minimum of six weeks and during certain peak travel seasons, the wait can become much longer due to the increased time needed for processing. Getting a passport means showing legal proof of American citizenship, having a totally completed application form and a current picture ID, two recent or brand new passport photos, and enough money to pay the fees. The U.S. Post Office is one government agency that regularly helps travelers through the initial application.
The tried-and-true application procedure is adequate for most needs. What do people do, however, who find themselves needing a passport within days rather than weeks? There are situations where a passport is needed almost immediately, yet the application has not yet been completed. To help expedite this need, the U.S. Government has set up local agencies to help. Those with immediate needs for international travel documentation or special visas can make an appointment with an office called the Regional Passport Agency.
These regional Passport Agency offices are easily found on the internet, located in U.S. Government travel websites. These offices are very helpful, of course, but are not the only option available when a traveler needs to speed up the process of documentation. Also found on the internet are an entire host of private businesses who have become specialists in nearly every facet of passport detail. If your personal time is limited, a search of these websites will probably help you understand the services they provide and any fees that are required.
These apply primarily to existing or new passports. Sometimes, however, passport tragedy strikes when a traveler is already abroad. The papers get stolen or lost. Unfortunately, this happens more often than it should and the result can be devastating on a trip that has a tightly planned itinerary. Lost connections mean lost time and money. Be sure and do the one thing many people ignore, make a good-quality photocopy of your present passport. Wrap it well to protect it from the elements, and pack it in a completely different bag if possible. Having this copy as backup can speed the entire lost United States passport replacement process if necessary.
But bad things still can happen to good planners. If the passport is lost or stolen, remember that you can contact the local U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Within that overall group is a unit called the American Citizens Service, usually located within the consulate section. To begin the emergency issuance process they will need all the details of your planned travel. This information may be helpful circumventing some of the bureaucracy that tends to slow things down. In addition, the Service will ask you to complete a new application. They must be absolutely sure of your correct and legitimate identification before replacing any document.
More specifically, the information you will need to provide will include personal data including name, personal location and date of birth, and the date, location of issue, and number of your lost or stolen document if you have it. This is one of the primary benefits of having made a valid photocopy of the lost information. In addition, even if there is no required police report, an affidavit or sworn statement regarding the theft or loss must be formally issued before the consular officer. The office will then access the U.S. Passport Verification System and will be able to retrieve the original information and data.
In addition to name clearance and citizenship verification, you may need further proof of identity to get a stolen or lost US passport replacement. This may be provided by others in your travel group, or information may be needed from family living in the U.S. If necessary, proof can be obtained from previous passport records.
When you are applying for an expedited passport, it’s crucial to make sure that you have all of the correct documents with your application. Otherwise, you probably won’t get your passport on time. To apply for a passport, you need proof of identity and proof of citizenship. Most people use their driver’s license as proof of identity, but what if you don’t have one?
Here’s a list of other documents that can be used as primary identification to apply for an expedited passport:
An old passport, as long as it has not been damaged.
A copy of your naturalization certificate, if you are a naturalized citizen.
A current government-issued ID. This ID may be issued by your city, your state or the federal government.
A current military ID, if applicable.
What if you don’t have any of the documents listed above? That’s where it gets tricky: you’ll need to submit secondary identification instead of primary identification. Secondary identification comes in two flavors: a collection of documents that show you are who you claim to be and an identifying witness.
Bring as many documents as you can round up that prove you are who you say you are. Examples include but are not limited to: your social security card, credit cards, library cards, employee ID cards, student ID cards, yearbooks with your name and picture, insurance cards, professional licenses, union cards, degrees and diplomas and utility bills.
If possible, you should also bring an identifying witness who can vouch for you. The identifying witness must come with you when you apply for the passport, and must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident with photo identification. You can’t have just anyone vouch for you: the person must have known you for at least 2 years. He or she must fill out an affidavit testifying to your identity.
Passports are issued at the discretion of the Department of State, so if they aren’t satisfied they may request more information before sending you your passport. All the more reason to send in as much documentation as possible!
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.
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