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With a particularly early Carnival celebration in Rio this February, many Americans may be trying to make the trip south for warmer climates. Because tourism has declined in recent years – in no small part due to the cost of a tourist visa to Brazil – there have been some changes to the types and fees for visas to Brazil benefiting US citizens.

Whereas before the Brazilian visa application process might have been a little off-putting to those who have never traveled there, now the country is more accessible than ever to Americans. Just be sure you have all the following documents and are familiar with the information on the application form to ensure a smooth visa process.

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Travel Visa Pro facilitates visas to Brazil

Though the new e-visa may be an easier option for tourist visas to Brazil, Travel Visa Pro remains the best choice for obtaining business, work, or student visas to Brazil quickly. With our offices in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Miami, local staff can process Brazil visa applications through local consulates and stay in contact with you to ensure they have all the documents and forms needed. In addition, there are pick up and drop off locations run by Travel Visa Pro that offer free shipping for visa and passport applications with a minimum order.

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Brazilian visa requirements

All US citizens traveling to Brazil, whether they’re applying for an e-visa or a visa in person, must have the following:

1. Current US Passport: Your passport must valid for at least six months and have two blank pages for visa stamps.
2. Photos: One passport-sized color photograph
3. Itinerary: Incoming and departing flights, reservation confirmations at hotels, local transportation bookings.
4. Brazilian visa application form: these applications can be filled out online, but still must be printed and submitted in person if not using the e-visa website.
5. Medical Certification: In recent months there have been outbreaks of yellow fever in parts of Brazil. Being up to date on inoculations and providing proof of this will save you time at immigration on arrival.
6. Sufficient Funds: Have a copy of your bank account and/or credit card statements.

Processing time for Brazilian visas

After arranging an appointment at the Brazilian consulate in your jurisdiction or sending everything in to Travel Visa Pro, how long will you have to wait? Expedited processing is not available for an additional charge, but consular staff may take any sense of urgency into account when processing your visa. Typically, Brazilian visas can be processed in 5-7 business days, or up to a few weeks during peak season.

Brazil visa costs and fees: recent changes

US citizens are still charged $160 for any visa application processed in person, but as of January 28th, the Brazilian government began offering a new e-visa program for only $40. Credit and debit cards are accepted on the e-visa website, but only USPS money orders can be included with any application submitted at a consulate.

How can I get a visa to Brazil in person?

The Embassy of Brazil in Washington DC, surprisingly, does not have a consular section to process visa applications. For that, you must visit the Brazilian consulate in your area – and sometimes only in your area, as other consulates may deny an out-of-state applicant. The processing time varies according to the office, but it’s recommended travelers apply at least one month in advance. No expedited visa processing service is available, and appointments may be required.

Are you planning a trip to Brazil? Let us know the details in the comments!

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While those new to international travel may think they can simply take a few minutes during their lunch break to walk into a consulate and walk out with a valid visa for China, bureaucracy just doesn’t work this way. Navigating the paperwork for visas to any number of foreign countries can be a nightmare even when everything goes as smoothly as possible.

China is well known for having strict requirements and high fees for US citizens due to reciprocity. If you are planning to fly into Shanghai or Beijing this year, knowing how to get a visa for China is a necessity. Unlike countries in Southeast Asia, which attract budget travelers with flexible plans due to their low cost of living, China demands a rigid travel itinerary with confirmed reservations and proof of departure, assuming you don’t need a Chinese citizen to write an invitation letter.

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How to get a visa for China in a hurry

If you are looking for a reliable way to process your Chinese visa application without the hassle, Travel Visa Pro has you covered. Our team of travel experts has over 40 years of experience between them and has built relationships with consular staff through professional contacts and years of working together. Using these, we can make the difference between a visa application arriving late one afternoon, early the next morning, or even days ahead of normal processing times.

If you’re unfamiliar with visa applications and simply need a travel expert to walk you through the paperwork, Travel Visa Pro is ready to help. With our Concierge Service, someone will be personally assigned to your application and help fill in any blanks that could potentially delay or cancel a Chinese visa.

As mentioned above, be aware of the processing time for tourist visas; though Travel Visa Pro can have you pay extra for an expedited visa for China through a consulate, this still means your US passport will be in consular officer hands for a matter of days; unless you have a second passport book, you’ll be unable to apply for another visa or use it as a form of identification.

How to get a visa for China on your own

Unless you’re transiting to another country – in which case 24-, 72-, and 144-hour visas are available – all US citizens must apply for a visa prior to their arrival in China. Tourist (L) and Transit (G) visas are among the most commonly issued, with Business (F/M), Student (X), and Work (Z) visas requiring more paperwork and preparation.

Locate the nearest Travel Visa Pro in your area. We will coordinate with the local Chinese embassy or consulate so you don’t have to. To get a visa to China, you should bring a US passport valid for at least six months and with a minimum of two blank pages. The Chinese visa application form must be completed and submitted with one passport-sized photo; our staff can assist you with this process. Tourist visas require presenting a travel itinerary with confirmed hotel reservations, or an invitation letter from a Chinese national in the event you’re traveling for work or planning on staying with them.

The US Department of State currently charges Chinese citizens $160 for tourist visas. As a result of reciprocity, the fees imposed by China for their tourist visas are almost equally as high for Americans – $140 – while citizens of other countries are charged $30 or less. There also may be additional fees if you need expedited service for your Chinese visa application through Travel Visa Pro.

If you have more than a few weeks prior to your flight to China, request regular service; this should be more than sufficient for processing your visa. Express service is available for $20 more if you plan to travel within a few weeks, while rush service is available for $30 more if you would be more comfortable having that visa in your hand by the week’s end.

Whether you choose to plan your trip to China based on transiting for a few days or entrust your documents for a standard Chinese visa to Travel Visa Pro, make sure everything in your application is up to date, your passport meeting the aforementioned requirements, and your travel plans somewhat firm to avoid any discrepancies in your application. As with any trip, please check the US Department of State country information page for the latest security concerns.

Have you already traveled to China? What would you recommend for first-time travelers seeking a visa for China?

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If you’re looking to travel internationally for the first time, whether you’re in your 20s and starting a job with a firm requiring you to do business abroad, or retiring without ever having left the United States, there are few facts about the application process of which you should be aware. Though the US passport is far from the most useful travel document (http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/global-passport-index-singapore/index.html), it still holds a great deal of power across the world, and the time needed to apply for a new one or renew an old one reflects government efficiency, by having all their ducks in a row before issuing a document that lets you go gallivanting.

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Getting a passport for the first time

Just as important as the processing time required by the US Department of State once your application is received is the time needed to gather all the appropriate documents to submit. First-time passport applicants need to bring Form DS-11, proof of US citizenship – e.g. birth certificate, naturalization certificate, a copy of that proof, a passport-sized photo taken within the last few months, their photo ID, and a copy of that ID. In addition, unless going through a third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro, anyone applying for a US passport for the first time must make an appointment at a designated regional passport agency.

Assuming you have your proof of citizenship handy, taking a passport photo can take less than an hour at a pharmacy, photo studio, regional passport agency, or one of the nine Travel Visa Pro offices. The time for copying the aforementioned documents is inconsequential, so what’s left?

Next to gathering any missing citizenship papers, filling out Form DS-11 and making an appointment at a passport center are probably the most time consuming tasks. Any mistakes on the forms may result in them not being accepted and you being required to return on another day. If your departure plans give you plenty of time, this isn’t a big problem, but many travelers are operating in a crunch.

Once your documents are accepted by an official, the processing time varies depending on the time of the year and how busy the office is. Normally in-person applications are processed and returned within two weeks.

Renewing a passport

Those who already have a passport and are renewing – assuming it hasn’t been expired for more than five years – have the choice between applying in person at one of the 26 regional passport agencies in the US or any embassy or consulate abroad, or mailing in their application. The good news is because the expired passport is acceptable as proof of US citizenship, no birth certificate or photo ID needs to be included for a renewal.

However, you may find that the wait required for a mail-in application is slightly more stressful than that of an in-person one. While consular and passport officials at the latter may at least be able to ballpark the time your passport will be ready to be picked up, mail-in applications have very little communication in either direction: mail it in, wait several weeks, and hope it’s returned without any errors. Expedited processing is available, and you can choose to include a self-addressed envelope with overnight return service, but even then, your passport renewal will more than likely take a few weeks from submission to return.

Getting a passport in an emergency

Passport applications can be expedited in just a few business days if you provide proof of immediate travel, especially if these reasons include a medical emergency or a death in the family. In cases such as these, mail-in applications are not advised. Rather, travelers need to make an appointment at the closest regional passport agency and provide proof of the emergency, whereupon officials can sometimes return passports in 1-3 business days.

Because many Americans do not live close to a regional passport center or may be unable to travel there, Travel Visa Pro has dozens of pick up and drop off locations in major and minor cities to accommodate these last-minute passport requests.

How long did it take you to get your US passport?

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If you’re a new or long-time international traveler planning on a vacation abroad or just being sent by your company for a business venture, there are few things about the passport renewal process of which you should be aware. As a powerful travel document recognized across the world, the US passport has an intricate renewal procedure designed to match the bureaucracy of its government. With the right help and a little time, there’s no reason you can’t get your passport renewed with plenty of breathing room before your flight.

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How long does it take to renew a passport?

For travelers who already have a ten-year passport – assuming it wasn’t issued more than fifteen years ago – there is the option of applying for a renewal in person at a regional passport agency in the United States or any embassy or consulate abroad. Both applications abroad and in the US can also be accepted by mail. Unlike first-time applicants, who must provide proof of citizenship in person for verification, those needing a renewal can present their expired passport book or card as proof; both this and the new document will be returned if applying by mail.

However, the wait for a mail-in passport renewal application may be slightly longer than some travelers would like, especially when dealing with visa applications and other preparations prior to departure. Staff at US embassies and consulates abroad as well as those in regional passport agencies at home can generally estimate when your renewal will be ready for pick up, but applications sent by mail might as well have gone into the ether: send it out, wait several weeks, and hope it’s returned without any errors.

For whatever method you choose, expedited processing is available for a $60 fee. Mail-in applications can include an envelope with a shipping label for overnight return service, but even then, your renewal will more than likely take a few weeks from submission to return.

Emergency passport renewal time

Passport renewal applications can be expedited in just a few business days if you provide proof of immediate travel, especially if these reasons include a medical emergency or a death in the family. Naturally, mail-in applications aren’t the fastest or the most recommended in this case.

If you do need to leave the country within a few business days, make an appointment at the closest regional passport agency and provide proof of the reason for travel. The time for processing your application is still dependent on traffic and whether it’s peak travel season, but sometimes renewed passport books can be returned within 1-3 business days.

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If you don’t live within easy access to a regional passport agency or aren’t able to travel there during normal business hours, don’t worry. Travel Visa Pro has opened pick up and drop off locations accessible for most Americans to accommodate these last-minute passport renewal applications.

Even if you’re unsure about which documents you need to gather to apply for a passport renewal, you can call one of our nine staffed locations and a travel expert will get back to you quickly. Passport renewal applicants need to bring Form DS-82, their old US passport, expired for no more than five years, a passport-sized photo taken within the last few months, and payment.

Next to checking your passport’s expiration date and getting a passport photo, filling out Form DS-82 and making an appointment at a regional passport center agency are probably the most time consuming tasks for a passport renewal. Any mistakes on DS-82 may result in your application being denied; you could be asked to return to the passport agency, or resend your application by mail. If your departure plans give you plenty of time, this isn’t a big problem, but many travelers are operating on the fly.

Normally in-person applications are processed and returned within two weeks, and in even less time for an emergency or paid expedited processing. Applications by mail, several weeks.

With Travel Visa Pro renewals take only as long as you want them to take.

How long did it take you to get your US passport renewed?

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How fast can I get a US passport? If you’re planning an international trip in the next few days, do you think it’s possible to get a passport book for the first time? And what if you’re renewing an old document, or getting one for your child? There are different conditions and different processes for Americans seeking a passport, but one constant remains: we’re always in a hurry.

With Travel Visa Pro’s Emergency Passport service, we can process a passport renewal or a new application within eight hours. If you come in to one of our nine offices across the country in the morning with an appointment, you’ll be able to get your passport by the end of the business day. That’s a fast passport service, by any measure!

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How much does a fast passport cost?

The process to renew a passport quickly is remarkably simple with Travel Visa Pro. Whether you have plenty of time before your flight or need your application completed in a hurry, our travel experts can help. We understand that some travelers come to us for emergencies, so if you need your passport renewal processed within 8 hours, Travel Visa Pro can assist with our Emergency Passport service mentioned above for $499. This guarantees you an in-person appointment at the nearest regional passport office, form fill service, and assistance gathering any documents you need for an expedited application.

On the other hand, if you have one or two days before traveling, we offer a Next Day Passport service for $349. Our Urgent Passport service will deliver your passport within 2-3 business days for $229. Those who are planning to leave the country with more than a few weeks’ notice should consider our Budget Passport service, starting at $89.

What documents do I need to get a passport quickly?

When getting your first US passport or renewing one after ten years, make sure you understand which applications and documents to bring to Travel Visa Pro’s offices to ensure a quick turnaround for your passport. First-time applicants or those who haven’t renewed their passport in 15 years need to provide form DS-11, proof of US citizenship in the form of a birth certificate, your standard photo ID, a check for $110 made out to the US Department of State, evidence of immediate travel, two original and signed passport authorization forms, and two passport-sized photos (no glasses may be worn for passport photos). If you need your passport processed with expedited service, as is the case for our 8-hour turnaround, please use a check for $170 instead.

Are you renewing your passport? The requirements are similar to those above, but you’ll need form DS-82 instead of DS-11. If you have trouble with applications and want to leave the complexities of travel to us, try our Concierge Service. A Travel Visa Pro team member will be available to you with personal attention every step of the application process. Our representative will call you to go over all the requirements, pricing, and processing time to ensure that everything meets your needs. Follow up emails and calls will be made in a reasonable amount of time to ensure everything is clear. Upon receipt, we will call you to confirm all the documents have arrived safely and notify you of the estimated completion time.

How fast can I get a passport?

Whether it’s processed in 8 hours or 15 days, your new passport should reflect the type of travel that best suits your needs. Passport books come with 28 or 52 pages, good for travel to all international destinations where US citizens are allowed. Passport cards – only $30 – are mainly used for land or sea crossings between Canada and Mexico. Because new pages are no longer allowed to be added to your existing passport, the cost is the same whether you’d prefer using your passport for annual vacations (28 pages might be best) or regular business travel (52 pages, with 44 pages available for stamps and visas).

What about replacing a lost passport?

If you happen to lose your US passport while still in the country, Travel Visa Pro is at your disposal. Normally, the replacement process involved reporting the passport lost (or stolen), and applying for a “new” passport using Form DS-11.

However, the majority of travelers who lose their passports do so while outside the country, as their books need to be accessible for hotels, immigration, currency exchange, and even encountering local law enforcement. When this happens, find the nearest US embassy or consulate. They can completely replace your passport book with a new one if you have enough time in the country, or issue a limited-validity document for you to complete your trip.

Do you have any other questions about getting a passport fast? Leave them in the comments!

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Can you renew an expired passport? The short answer is yes, but there are different circumstances for which you may or may not want to renew a passport.

First, take a look at what kind of passport has just expired. If you’re legally an adult, you may still be using a five-year child’s passport, issued before applicants are 16 years old. Second, consider how many valid passports you currently hold; US citizens are allowed to have two passports, one valid for ten years, the other for four.

Finally, no matter whether you’re in possession of your childhood travel documents, a ten-year passport for adults, or a four-year second passport, the condition of the document is key: has it been damaged enough in storage to guarantee it would not be accepted at immigration? If so, then an expired passport renewal isn’t what you’re looking for. Damaged and lost passport holders must fill out form DS-11 along with first time applicants.

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How can you renew an expired passport?

For Children
Children can have up to three passports for minors in their lifetime (e.g. 0-5, 5-10, and 10-15 years old). However, because the child’s appearance is constantly changing and the need for protection paramount, the process is nearly identical to applying for their five-year passport for the first time. Applicants must apply in person at a passport agency or consulate to get an expired passport renewal, bringing form DS-11, the child, both parents (exceptions can be made for just one), proof of parental relationship, the expired US passport, a passport-sized passport, a fee, and a series of photos showing the child aging, at least one per year.

For Adults
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to have their passport renewed in person at an authorized agency like Travel Visa Pro or through the mail with the US Department of State. Renewing an expired passport in either case requires form DS-82, your US passport expired and issued no more than 15 years old, the fee ($110 for standard processing; $170 for expedited), and a passport-sized photo. All applications will be accepted unless you owe child support… and in some cases, back taxes.

Common Question for Expired Passport Renewals

Because many travelers have had their ten-year passport for the better part of a decade or filled them up with the stamps from so many countries, it’s natural to assume the government may just add pages to the existing document and change the expiration date. Until recently, adding pages to valid US passports was possible almost indefinitely, but that service has been discontinued.

Once your passport is expired and handed over to officials for a renewal, it will be punched with 2-4 holes on the front cover, making it officially invalid while your new passport is printed and issued.

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When it comes time to get everything you need for your passport application, what do you first think of? Of course you’ll need the basics like an application form, but a passport-sized photo is just as essential. So many US citizens forget to bring one with them that several regional passport agencies offer photo services on site, as do Travel Visa Pro offices. However, what’s involved in taking a passport photo at home, and what do you need?

How big is a standard passport photo?

The good news is regardless of where you’re applying for a passport – abroad or in the US – the size and requirements of passport photos remain the same: 2×2 inches, or 51×51 mm if you prefer metric. While this size is a standard printing dimension in pharmacies and photo studios in the US, it’s not always understood when getting photos taken abroad.

When you have to crop and position your passport photo yourself, it’s important to ensure that the measurements remain between one inch and 1 3/8 inches (25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Two photos meeting these specifications should be submitted for first-time passport applications and renewals.

Are there any other passport photo requirements?

Assuming you’ve had a passport photo taken at a pharmacy or photo studio before, you probably know the basic requirements: having a white background and clothing with reasonably contrasting colors. However, there are other considerations, from the expression on your face to your tattoos and piercings, if any.

When taking a passport photo at home, face the camera directly, with your face completely unobstructed. Show only a neutral expression or a closed-mouth smile. Both eyes should be open, with no eyewear allowed; however, eye patches and bandages may be worn (if normally done so) with an accompanying note from a physician.

What about clothing?

Normally, no hats, neckerchiefs, or anything obstructing the full view of your head may be worn in standard passport photos. For those who wear head coverings due to their religion, they will need to provide a

signed statement that recognizes such attire is part of their faith.

Even with this exception, clothing that completely covers the face may not be used for passport photos. Camouflage patterns of any kind are also not allowed, just as uniforms may not be worn, even for US military and law enforcement.

What about facial and neck tattoos?

Tattoos are perfectly acceptable in passport photos, but if you have recently gotten any that are not reflected in your most recent one, you will most likely have to apply for a renewal. This includes any large facial or neck tattoos or an excessive number of piercings.

Are children’s passport photos the same size?

Yes. Parents applying for a passport for their child need to fulfill the same requirements when it comes to cutting the photo to 2×2 inches and ensuring their child’s head is the proper size. For parents of infants who are struggling to center their child in the picture, some exceptions can be made; one recommendation is to have children under a year old lie with a white blanket under them while taking the photo from above.

Do you have any questions about the size of your passport photo? Leave them in the comments!

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The first step to becoming an international traveler is getting your US passport. Unless you’re planning to visit other countries on a closed-loop cruise or fly overseas to US territories like Guam, then a passport book is probably the best option for you. When that time comes, there are a variety of ways to get that document in your hand and ready to go, from applying in person at a regional passport office, or through a trusted third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro.

Getting a passport in person

Where you’re living is probably the most important factor when it comes time to apply for a passport. Are you based in or near a major city? Then there may be more options to apply for a passport in person. There are 26 regional passport agencies in the United States available – some by appointment only – and US embassies or consulates for Americans living abroad.

When applying for a passport in person, check whether you need to make an appointment and gather all the paperwork you’ll need: a photo ID, proof of US citizenship, Form DS-11 for first-time passport applicants, a passport-sized photo, and applicable fees, usually payable by check or money order. Applying in person is best if your flight departs in under a few weeks’ time; you can show a copy of your itinerary to agency staff so they can determine the appropriate processing time. Expedited service is also available for an additional $60.

Getting a passport by mail

Even if you’re not able to visit a regional passport agency or Travel Visa Pro in person, some applications can be accepted by mail or dropped off a nearby TVP pick up and drop off location. Unfortunately, there is no way to apply for a passport for the first time through the mail without the assistance of a third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro.

Typically, passport applications by mail directly to the Department of State are used for renewals and updates, with the former often taking several weeks for processing. However, with the proper authorization forms, Travel Visa Pro can apply for a first-time passport on your behalf, getting your application in quickly and returned based on your needs.

This approach is very useful for first-time passport applicants who live considerably far from a regional passport agency and do not have the time to travel there for a short appointment. Mailing a copy of your photo ID, a copy of your birth or naturalization certificate, a passport-size photo, Form DS-11 for first-time applicants, and two authorization forms to the nearest TVP location can get you your first passport from the comfort of your own home.

Which type of passport should I get the first time?

Which is best for your travels: a passport book, or a passport card? Passport books are acceptable for all countries, though some require visas obtained in advance. Passport cards are valid for land and air travel to countries like Mexico and Canada, and are generally cheaper and easier to carry.

When in doubt, there’s no harm carrying both. Any US citizen may, at any time, hold both a passport book and card depending on their travel needs – and even carry an additional four-year passport book!

What else is needed to get a passport?

Bring yourself, your documents, and payment to a regional passport agency. Navigating the bureaucracy of passport applications for the first time can be a bit of a hassle, which is why third-party agencies like Travel Visa Pro exist.

Wouldn’t you rather have someone look through your forms to check for any mistakes or incomplete information? Anything missing can potentially mean a delay of days, if not weeks.

Travel Visa Pro has been helping US citizens get passports for over ten years, and can also take passport photos on site, provide recommendations for travel insurance, register your trip abroad, and facilitate visa applications. With offices all over the country and pick up and drop off locations in your area, TVP has the experts you need when it comes time to get your first passport.

Do you have any questions about what you need to get a passport? Leave them in the comments!

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After you get married, do you need to update your personal documents, like your passport and driver’s license? Obviously both parties have the choice whether or not to legally take the other’s name, but if you choose to do so, what becomes of your old passport book or card?

Using a US passport with your maiden name

The issue with traveling internationally isn’t necessarily the fact that you have a valid passport with invalid information (i.e. your maiden name), but rather that you would knowingly enter an incorrect name on your airline, bus, or cruise reservation and then travel with a document not reflecting this change. If you’re planning to drive across the border to Canada or Mexico, or otherwise take a form of transportation that does not require you to enter your current legal name, then using a passport with your maiden name should not be a problem.

However, this does not apply to travel by air. The TSA requires that the name on your ticket – your current legal name – match the one in your passport.

How to change your passport to reflect your current name

When your name change occurred is critical information when it comes time to update your passport. If you have gotten married in the last year, then you can send your passport book or card along with your marriage certificate and a new photo through the mail with Form DS-5504 to request a name change for no additional charge. Both standard and expedited processing are available for this service.

However, if your passport had been issued for at least a year prior to your nuptials, you’ll most likely have to apply for a name change using Form DS-82. The process is the same as applying for a standard renewal for a ten-year passport book or card, with one exception: you must provide proof of the name change with a court order or marriage license. As long as you can send in your most recent US passport issued as an adult and it is undamaged and has not been expired for more than five years, then Form DS-82 is acceptable to change your maiden name.

For other situations like passports that have been lost or stolen and passports expired for more than five years, all applicants must go through the process of applying for a “new” passport using Form DS-11. This requires them to apply in person at a regional passport office or entrust their application to a third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro.

Fees for changing the maiden name on your passport

As long as your passport was issued less than one year ago and you apply to change the name on your passport using Form DS-5504, there is no additional charge, save postage. However, for passports issued more than a year ago, standard fees apply: $110 for adults. There will also be a $35 execution fee should you want to apply in person at a regional passport office.

Court orders or marriage certificates for updating your passport

If you have had enough time following your union to update your state-issued ID with your new legal name, then you don’t need to provide anything more than this ID and an explanation as to why your name has changed by providing the date of marriage and your maiden name. However, it never hurts to have a copy of your marriage certificate handy when renewing your passport.

How long does it take to change the maiden name on my passport?

There’s no major difference in processing time between changing the maiden name on your US passport and getting it renewed. Applying by mail may take up to several weeks, or days if you’re lucky. Those applying in person at a regional passport office can pay for expedited service and provide proof of immediate travel.

When it comes to updating your passport, getting a new one, or needing help with a visa, going through a third party agency like Travel Visa Pro can help cut down on any processing time.

Do you currently need to update your passport? Come by one of our offices!

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Travel Visa Pro by Travel Visa Pro - 7M ago

For those somewhat new to international travel who muddled through their first passport application, there are many hurdles to overcome. For this reason, passport agencies like Travel Visa Pro exist. It could be anywhere from 10-15 years since you had to consider applying for a passport book, and the application process has changed accordingly. It’s no wonder that when the time comes to renew this travel document so many years later, many people need some help down the road.

How do you update your passport?

What some new or seasoned travelers may not always realize is how often one should update his or her passport. Most countries require at least six months’ validity for entry, and plenty of space in the passport pages for visas and entry and exit stamps. As long as your passport hasn’t been expired for more than five years, you can update your document accordingly.

Updating your passport with time to spare means you have the option of applying by mail. Send in your old passport, a completed Form DS-82, a recent passport photo, and the associated fees to the US Department of State. Normal processing time is at least a few weeks.

When time is a factor and you really need your passport to be updated quickly, you can visit one of the 26 regional passport agencies in the United States in person. Some do require appointments, especially during peak travel seasons, but expedited processing is available for an addition $60 fee. This can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks.

For passport updates that don’t involve getting a new expiration date, like changing your name due to marriage, circumstances vary. Applicants can receive a “new” document free of charge if they are updating their name within a year of having received their passport; on the other hand, those who have been using their passport for over a year must apply for a standard renewal.

If you need help with the forms to update your passport or need to specify exactly when you’ll receive your documents, you can always stop by or ship your application to the nearest Travel Visa Pro office. Our team of experts can work with you to decide on the best processing time for your departure, and facilitate any visa applications you might need in your updated document.

Can I update my passport online?

As of this writing there is no means to change the name in your passport book or card, or renew either online. All applications require that you present your passport in person at a regional passport agency to be updated, or send in the appropriate documents by mail. However, online assistance is available through the US Department of State and Travel Visa Pro websites.

How long will it take to update my passport?

Bottom line? Anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Passport applications for renewals or updates presented in person at a regional passport agency can take a couple weeks, but often less when expedited processing is ordered. Even if you’re just updating your name by mail, the processing time is roughly the same.

If time is a concern when updating your passport, you might consider dropping into the nearest Travel Visa Pro. Our Emergency Passport Service at our nine staffed locations allows our clients to update their passports in as little as eight hours with an appointment.

When can’t you update your passport?

Unfortunately, there are a few cases in which passport applicants need to go through the process of applying for a new passport all over again. When your passport was issued more than fifteen years ago, you don’t qualify for a standard renewal. If you’re trying to update a passport book issued to you as a child, but you are now an adult (between 16-20 years old), you’ll more than likely need a new passport application. Finally, if you had a valid passport, but it was lost or stolen, you can’t update or renew your passport; all passport renewal applications must include the old document for verification.

Do you have any questions about updating your passport? Leave them in the comments!

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