A U.S. Passport is one of the most sought after privileges of U.S. citizenship, and one which every citizen should take advantage of. In addition to serving as an acceptable substitute for a birth or naturalization certificate as evidence of citizenship, a U.S. passport gives the bearer an indispensible travel document, opening the door to travel without a visa in 35 countries.
In the past, U.S. citizens were permitted to travel to certain countries without presenting a passport. However, under the newly enacted Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all persons travelling outside the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to reenter the United States. It is important to apply for a U.S. passport in advance of anticipated travel, since the application process may take weeks to complete, and unforeseen delays will play havoc with travel plans.
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The Passport Application e-Kit contains:
Qualifications and eligibility requirements
A detailed overview of the application process
How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport
How to "expedite" your passport application
All of the necessary application forms and guidance on how to complete the forms accurately and completely