A passport renewal may seem like a very simple thing to do. It is not as simple as turning in your passport, photos and pictures and get a new passport in return. To renew a passport your passport must be in certain condition and must meet specific criteria. Here are some tips to helping ensure your passport renewal goes accordingly:
1. Make sure your passport for renewal is in good condition. If your passport has any tears, water damage or is falling apart then it may mean that the Passport Agency may consider it damaged. Damaged passports cannot be renewed and fall under a different category. For more information on that see: http://www.passportsvisasandmore.com/passport_lost.html
2. Make sure your information is correct on the passport. If you have been using a passport that has incorrect data information or has been misspelled it is best to let us know. This can be corrected by submitting a birth certificate. If you do not have a birth certificate you can obtain one using the following links:
For out of state birth certificates try this link: https://www.vitalchek.com/
For travelers born in Orlando, Miami or other parts of Florida try this link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/index.html
3. Make sure your passport falls in the passport renewal category. It must have been passport valid for 10 years and cannot have been expired for more than 5 years.
4. Be in actual possession of the passport and bring it with you. In order to process a passport renewal, the Passport Agency must be able to view and cancel out your current passport. If you don’t have the passport then you must process it as a lost or stolen passport. For more information on that see: http://www.passportsvisasandmore.com/passport_lost.html
5. Your passport photo is extremely important. Please do not overlook this part and take it as seriously as possible. Be sure that you have recent and quality photos. The Passport Agency requires a photo taken less than 6 months ago. We recommend 3 months just to be sure. We do not know how the Passport Agency knows but they know when a passport photo is older than 6 months. Once they know it will cause a delay in your application which could mean you missing your trip. For more information on that see:
Also just because your passport has not expired does not mean you are able to travel to your desired country. Many countries require your passport to be valid for more than 3 or even 6 months. To get a China visa, for example, you must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport. Some countries, while they may not require a visa, still require your passport be valid for more than 6 months. Many South American countries are like this. Even many European countries require your passport be valid for a certain time. To see what the country you are visiting requires please check here:
You can do a passport renewal even if it has not expired. We can help you do it as a rush passport renewal if you want in both our Orlando and Miami offices. We have offices in Downtown Orlando and in Coral Gables, Miami. Please contact us at 888-336-0683 if you have any questions about rush passport renewals.