Thursday, May 10, 2007

Trapped like a Lobster...

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about, "Are You Financially Ready?" And I know this is a money blog, but I think it is important to point out some changes in our borders that recently happened. As of December 2006, you pretty much need a passport to enter the country, no matter from witch country you travel.

In other words, if there were a national emergency, you needed to leave the country and you didn't already have your passport you will be waiting in line behind all those who didn't plan either!!!

My recommendation, even if you don't plan on entering or exiting the country anytime soon... get a passport. These booklets are excellent forms of identification in the case of an emergency, often times used as backup or primary sources of ID!

What you need to know:

  • If you have never applied before you will need to apply in person.
  • You fill out the form online, print it out... DO NOT SIGN IT!!!!
  • You will need to present proof of US Citizenship (Birth Certificate)
  • You will need to provide Proof of Identity (Drivers License)
  • Two identical photos of you (Walgreens/Kinkos - Cost around $15)
  • $97.00 (Check/Money Order)
  • Go to a "Passport Acceptance Facility" (Usually a Post Office)
  • You can check the status.
If you haven’t received your passport and are traveling within the next 7 days... call or email the National Passport Information Center.

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