Passport Application Sent!

I haven’t left the country since I was 5.  I have no plans to travel any time soon but if the opportunity wants to present itself I definitely want to be in the position to be ready.

I don’t know if you guys know this but it could take 4-6 weeks from the time an application is submitted for your passport to arrive.  Assuming you’d want to pay the minimum cost that is.

Standard processing time cost me $165 for a Passport book and card.  I guess technically one does not need a passport card but I rather have both just in case. A passport book is good for travel by air, land, or sea whereas the passport card is only valid for seaports and land border crossings.

So… now I wait.  I’m glad I got it started any way. That is one less thing I’d have to worry about.

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How to acquire a US Passport

  1. You will need proof of citizenship (e.g.birth certificate)
  2. You will also need Two photographs (I got mine taken at Walgreens)
    You can also do this yourself, but I did not want to risk doing it wrong in any way.
  3. Then you will also need to provide a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license)

If you are applying for your passport for the first time here is a link that you may find useful: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/first-time.html

I saved myself some time and printed off the form required to be filled out (they will have you fill out the same form when you get there so might as well get it done in advanced. http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf

The adult passport book ($110) is all you really need but if you plan on traveling by car or by sea you can get away with just having a passport card ($30).
For more pricing information you can get them here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/fees.html

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4 thoughts on “Passport Application Sent!

    • I can see where you’re coming from. It’s not exactly affordable and unless you are really planning on going somewhere special it’s definitely not identification that is required like an Identification Card or Driver License. My husband is military though and he can be assigned any where at any time and if I have the opportunity to go with him (or at least visit) I want to be prepared. That is why I applied for an updated one myself.

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  1. I have not traveled outside of the United States, but I do have a passport. I have found it to be a handy form of government-issued identification. Because of the standard 4-6 week application processing time, it’s also nice to have in case I decide on any last minute travel plans. The actual process to get my passport was fairly hassle-free, and the experience was pleasant. While it’s not necessary to have one, I would recommend doing so.

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    • I agree that it wasn’t very difficult to apply for one at all. I think the hardest part of the whole process is waiting for it. I’ve got no immediate plans to travel outside of the country but I imagine how frustrating it might be for those that have a deadline and they do not want to spend the extra money to expedite the process.

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