What is a
That sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it?!
Yet, you might be surprised to know just how powerful your passport is. It’s an incredible document that gives you many rights — including the right to travel abroad (assuming you have a visa, of course.)
All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico, and some other destinations by land or sea (including ferries) may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Here are some things you may (or may not know) about your passport:
- Your passport is internationally recognized. It verifies your identity and nationality.
- Your passport is valid for air, land and sea crossing, including ferries.
- Your passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries.
- Your passport is procured only through the U.S. Department of State.
- All persons must have their own passports, including infants.
How To Renew a Passport
You can renew by mail if:
- Your most recent passport is available to submit and it is not damaged nor altered.
- You received the passport within the past 15 years.
- You were over age 16 when it was issued.
- You still have the same name or can legally document your name change.
You must apply in person for your passport if :
- You are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time.
- If your previous U.S. passport has expired.
- If your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession.
- If your passport was issued more than 15 years ago.
- If you were under the age of 16 when you received your previous passport.
- If your currently valid U.S. passport has been lost or stolen.
To procure a U.S. passport you will need: Two photographs of yourself, Proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid photo i.d., such as your driver’s license.
So, go ahead – get your passport taken care of – they are good for ten years. Then, when you travel, you’ll be prepared.
And remember: Be as protective of your passport as your wallet or purse. Your valid passport is worth big bucks to unscrupulous people.
Addition Feb 3, 2013 – the amount you need to move to Mexico has changed – see – http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/detroit/index.php/info-english