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Expect Delays With Passport Renewals

Almost ten years ago, the law requiring a passport to travel to and from Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean was passed. Not surprisingly, the State Department saw a huge surge in new passport applications and passport renewals for the following few years. Now, 10 years later, those same passports are about to expire. And the State Department anticipates a rise in renewals, leading again to processing delays.

What to expect with passport renewals and other updates:

  1.  The typical timeframe for passport renewals is six weeks. With this increase in demand, longer delays are expected.
  2. Whether for business or pleasure, begin the renewal process of your process of your passport as soon as you can. Avoid the additional stress of waiting for the new passport in a time crunch if you can.
  3. Newer passports now include microchip technology, which is compliant with REAL ID act security and fraud prevention. But, depending on what state you live in, you may need an updated passport to fly domestically. Read more about the details of the REAL ID Act and commercial flying in our latest blog.
  4. Be sure to check children’s passports too. Child passports expire after only five years.
  5. Most destinations require a three-six month passport validity to even enter the country. Read the reasons in our passport tips blog. This is an often overlooked fact, leaving many unable to fly abroad. And yet another reason to know your renewal date.

The main point — if your passport is due to expire in the next few years, expect a long processing delay. You never know when a trip opportunity may suddenly arise, especially for frequent business travelers. Be smart and get the renewal process started ASAP.

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How to Get a Passport for International Business Travel

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Make sure you have all your forms, applications, and identification ready when applying for a passport.

One key item in planning international travel is obtaining a US Passport. (And, as of 2009, you now need a passport for Mexico and Canada travel.) But remember–plan ahead. Getting a passport can be a fairly lengthy process, and involves compiling documents, and filling out an application.

Form DS-11

Form DS-11 is the official application for a U.S. passport, and must be filled out before a passport can be issued. The application is required for all first-time passport applicants, adults who were issued a passport before the age of 16 or have not renewed their passport for 15 years or more. The application can be filled out and submitted online through the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, or you can print it out and complete it by hand.

Proof of Citizenship

To acquire a U.S. passport, you must be a citizen of the United States and submit proof of your citizenship when you submit your application. There are several acceptable documents, including a certified U.S. birth certificate, a previously issued U.S. passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a naturalization certificate, or a certificate of citizenship.

Identification

Proper identification is required. Acceptable forms of identification include a naturalization certificate, a previously issued U.S. passport, a valid driver’s license, a current government identification card, or a current military identification card. You must have the identification with you, as well as a photocopy of the front and back of your identification when you apply.

Passport Photo

Your passport will contain a photo. You can get your passport photo taken by virtually any professional photo service, but the photo must be two inches by two inches and in full color taken in front of a white background. Your head should be 25 to 35 millimeters from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head. The photo should also be no more than six months old and taken directly from the front. The Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a complete list of passport photo requirements on its website.

In a rush? There are services that will expedite your passport request. Like any rushed service you will pay a hefty fee, but for business travelers who procrastinate, it sometimes in the only option.

And keep in mind that Christopherson Business Travel has highly seasoned international agents who will ensure your international trip goes flawlessly.