Below is a summary of all the details you need to know. If at any time you have a question or require help, simply call your Patient Facilitator – her job is to help you with every detail along your journey! You may contact her by calling our Main Office at 1-888-223-4046. On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Children: U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card.
Getting your Passport is Easy!
Read below to find out how to get your Passport, or go to the Department of State’s website. Once you click on the link, you must decide if you need to apply in person or if you can submit a renewal through the mail. Click on the appropriate link and follow the instructions. Below is further information to help explain what you will need to do. Remember, we are here to help. Please contact your Patient Facilitator if any questions arise
- You are applying for your first U.S. passport
- You are under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, or
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
- Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change
- Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
- Your passport was issued when you were age 16 or older
- Your passport was issued within the last 15 years
- Your passport was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
- If it does not meet these requirements then you need to renew it in person.
What do I need to Apply in Person?
Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing. Accepted forms of U.S. citizenship are:
- Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
- Naturalization Certificate
- Valid Driver’s License
- Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
- Current Military ID (military and dependents)
Find the Nearest Passport Location:
Over the last year, many United States Post Offices now issue passports. Visit your local USPS office, or search online for the nearest passport location. Click on the link below, to search for the closest UPSP office that processes passports in your area. http://www.usps.com/passport/
You have Options – Passport or Passport Card?
When applying for a passport, you can opt for a passport card instead. The terms and fees differ between passports and passport cards. Read the below information to see which is the best option for your travels.
- Term: Good for 10 years
- Initial Cost: $100.00
- You are under age 16, or
- Renewal Fee: $75.00
- Allows for: International travel by land, sea, or air
- Physical Size: 5″ X 3 ½”
- Term: Good for 10 years
- Initial Cost: $85.00
- Renewal Fee: $20.00
- Allows for: International travel by land and sea ONLY
- Physical Size: Wallet size
Get Your Passport Quick and on Time:
To guarantee you receive your passport on time, please start your process as soon as possible. Here are the estimated processing times: In Person: Please allow approximately 1 month for your routine application to be processed and an additional week for delivery By Mail: Please allow up to 3 weeks processing time and an additional week for delivery
Important Passport Facts
A passport is required to travel to and from Mexico and the United States starting June 1, 2009. Many United States Post Offices now process passports. Visit your local USPS office, or search online for the nearest passport location in your area. Allow approximately 1 month for your routine application to be processed and about a week for delivery. 1st time passports MUST be submitted in person. Renewing a passport can be done though mail.