· APPLY EARLY - The process is not as difficult or confusing as it may appear at first but the added stress of an upcoming travel deadline isn’t helpful.
· BE PREPARED - Print out your paperwork at home, carefully read through the documents before filling out your information. Click here for the appropriate documents https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm
· BE CAMERA READY - Save time by having your photo taken ahead of time. Many places such as Walgreen’s and Walmart provide passport photo services that take only minutes and you won’t have to worry about meeting the special size requirements for your application. There are additional guidelines on what not to wear….do NOT wear white, try to avoid wearing clothing with logos or you’ll be sent back to take a new photo. (or worse, your application can be rejected and you’ll have to start again)
· CALL AHEAD - You can apply at your local post office without making an appointment. I would suggest calling ahead of time to find out the hours that they will accept your application. They may also be able to give you a heads up as to when the “slow” time of day is so you can save yourself additional time standing in line.
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