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Passports and Travel Documents

Find out how to apply for a passport, renew an existing passport and expedite your passport application. Learn about the new U.S. passport card and how to get one.

Applying for Your Passport
If you plan to visit another country, you'll probably need a passport. Here's how to apply for your US passport.

When Should I Renew My Passport?
All passports have an expiration date, but you probably need to renew your passport well before it expires. Find out when you should renew your passport.

Lost or Stolen US Passport? Here's What to Do
You should immediately take steps to report a lost or stolen passport. Learn about the notification process and find out how to apply for a replacement US passport.

Which Countries Require a US Passport Valid for at Least Six Months?
Many countries require US travelers to present passports valid for at least six months past their date of entry. Find out whether your destination is one of these countries.

Which Countries Require a US Passport Valid for at Least Three Months?
Some countries require US passport holders to present passports valid for at least three months beyond their date of entry. Find out which countries have this requirement.

Birth Certificate Requirements for US Passport Applications
The US Department of State has changed its requirements for birth certificates used as proof of citizenship for purposes of applying for a passport. Learn about these new birth certificate requirements and read about work-arounds if your own birth certificate does not meet them.

Which Countries Require a US Passport Valid for at Least One Month?
Some require US passport holders to present passports valid for at least one month past their date of entry. Find out which countries have this requirement.

Do You Need a Travel Visa?
Many governments require travelers to apply for a visa before they grant permission for a visit to their country. Find out what a travel visa is, how to apply for one and which countries require you to obtain a visa.

How Can I Renew My U.S. Passport?
If your US passport is has expired within the last five years or is about to expire, you can easily renew. Find out how to renew your passport in person or by mail.

How Do I Add More Pages to My Passport?
Some travelers are faced with a happy problem - their passport pages are filling up with visa stamps. If you have only a few pages left in your U.S. passport book, you can have extra pages added. Find out how to add extra pages to your U.S. passport.

What Is a U.S. Passport Card?
The wallet-sized U.S. passport card is an alternative to the traditional passport book. The passport card can only be used for certain types of travel. Find out where and how to get a passport card and decide whether it's the right option for you.

How Can I Find My Nearest Passport Office?
If you need a U.S. passport and have never applied for one before, or if you applied for your last passport more than 15 years ago, you will need to go to a passport office (also called a passport acceptance facility) to submit your application. Finding a passport office is a simple process.

What Is an International Driving Permit?
If you're planning to drive in another country, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit before you travel. Some rental car companies require them. Learn about the application process and find out where to acquire an international driving permit.

Ads for International Drivers' Licenses or Permits Could Be a Dead End
If you plan to rent a car in another country, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Learn about IDP's and where to get them. Find out how to avoid IDP scams.

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