Obtaining a passport

Obtaining a Passport for International Travel

Winter is one of the most popular seasons to travel internationally. This might be because the beach calls our name during the snowy and chilly weather season, or because the flights tend to be cheaper during the winter. Whatever the reason for your trip, you want to be sure to get your passport for international travel set up with plenty of time to spare. Here are some helpful international travel tips to help you prepare for your upcoming adventure with passport in hand.

Documents needed to obtain a passport for international travel:

  • First, make sure you have all your vital records, as proof of your identity is required in order to obtain a passport. You will need proof of your U.S. citizenship and photo identification. You will also need to make sure you have the proper government paperwork filled out and the appropriate form of payment ready.
  • As proof of citizenship, you can use a certified birth certificate, previous U.S. passport, consular report of birth abroad, or a certificate of naturalization/citizenship.
  •  A photo ID can be a valid driver’s license, undamaged passport, or government ID.
  • A completed DS-11 form (application for passport).
  • 2 passport photos, which must be in color and printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper at the proper size of 2 x 2 inches.
  • Checks for payment.

Now that you are prepared, you can either mail in your information through the U. S. State Department website or visit your nearest post office. If you would like to mail in your information, be ready to send in all of the above information. Don’t worry; your vital records (such as birth certificate and driver’s license) will be mailed back to you. If you would prefer to apply for your passport in person, most post offices act as a passport acceptance facility. Your town may also offer the courthouse, county office, or other government facilities as approved passport acceptance locations. Simply use the above website to look up your area and find the closest facility to you. Once you arrive you will be asked to hand in all of your paperwork, photos, and make payment. Don’t be surprised they will also ask to take your birth certificate and mail it in with your application. You will get it back in the mail when you receive your passport. Once the application and your paperwork is submitted, you will have your passport for international travel in about 4-6 weeks and will be ready for your trip!
VitalChek is your one stop center for all of your vital records needed to make your international travel planning easy. We provide you with a secure, authorized way to quickly order government endorsed birth certificates, so you can be off enjoying your travel and not stuck at home. Start the ordering process now and be on your way to your dream destination soon!

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