What You Should Know Before You Apply For Your Passport

Two-thirds of Americans don’t have a passport.

This means that most Americans haven’t traveled outside of these borders and are missing out on amazing experiences.

Want to travel, but don’t know where to start?  The first step is to apply for your passport – a golden ticket to adventure.

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Passport Facts

A Passport Book and fees cost $135, while a Passport Card and fees cost $55.  Both are valid for 10 years.

Land Travel – Frequent commuters between the American border countries of Canada and Mexico may find that the passport card is their best option.

Cruise Travel – Both the passport card and passport book work for cruise travel.  After almost getting stranded without a passport, I keep mine on me at all times.

Air Travel – A passport book is required for all air travel.

Passport Travel Tips

Keep a copy of your passport in your luggage, along with lodging information.

Also, leave copies of your passport (and medical, banking, identification and travel itinerary information) with trusted people who are not traveling with you.

Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Travelers enter trip information, so that the State Department can assist them in case of an emergency. 

If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Report a missing passport by phone at 1-877-487-2778.

A helpful idea is to obtain a passport card which can serve as an identification card, instead of toting your passport book around.

Once reported lost or stolen, the passport is invalidated and can’t be re-validated.

If you find it later, you have to turn it in.  They punch holes through the passport and return it to you.  If you don’t want it back, they destroy it.

Are you ready to start earning the title of traveler?  Visit this site to start your passport applicationHappy Travels!

Oh, and if your trip is happening in less than two weeks, you can get a rush passport in one day! Here’s how.

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