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>> SO LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE GOT SOME UPCOMING TRAVEL PLANS? >> OH, YOU BET. >> UH-HUH. >> I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO PARIS, LONDON, BERLIN. [LAUGHTER] >> I’VE BEEN SAVING FOR THOSE FOR SO LONG. IT’S GOING TO BE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. >> IT’S GOING TO BE SO AWESOME. >> I KNOW! >> AND I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE GOING! >> GREAT. I’M SURE YOU’VE GOT YOUR HOTELS BOOKED. >> YEP. >> PLANE TICKETS BOUGHT. >> ALL THAT TAKEN CARE OF. THE ONLY THING I HAVE LEFT TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE I BOOK THOSE TICKETS FOR THE TOUR OF THE LOUVRE. >> WELL, WHAT ABOUT YOUR PASSPORTS? >> OH, WELL, I’M JUST NOW APPLYING FOR MY PASSPORT FOR THE FIRST TIME. >> YEAH. >> OH, WELL, GREAT. THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS APPLY EARLY. >> HOW EARLY? >> WELL, GENERALLY YOU WANT TO APPLY SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE YOUR TRIP.

AND AS FOR PROCESSING TIMES, VISIT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV, BECAUSE THEY CAN VARY DURING PEAK TIMES. >> OKAY. BUT CAN I DO THIS ONLINE? >> YOU CAN COMPLETE AND PRINT OUT A PASSPORT APPLICATION ONLINE, OR YOU CAN GET AN APPLICATION AT A POST OFFICE THAT HAS PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE SERVICES. >> HMM. >> AND THEN I JUST DROP BY ANY POST OFFICE? >> YOU CAN APPLY FOR A NEW PASSPORT BY BRINGING YOUR PREPARED PASSPORT APPLICATION TO A POST OFFICE LOCATION. ONLY SELECT OFFICES PROVIDE PASSPORT SERVICES. >> OKAY. BUT IS THERE SOMEPLACE ONLINE WHERE WE CAN FIND THE LOCATION OF THE SELECT POST OFFICES? >> UH-HUH. >> YOU CAN EASILY FIND A SELECT POST OFFICE LOCATION NEAR YOU BY VISITING USPS.GOV/PASSPORT.

>> OH, WELL, THAT’S CONVENIENT. >> YEAH, GREAT. >> SO HOW LONG IS THIS PASSPORT GOING TO LAST ME? >> A PASSPORT FOR AN ADULT LASTS FOR 10 YEARS AND FIVE YEARS FOR A MINOR. >> OH, COOL. >> WOW. YEAH. >> AND SALLY, WHAT ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT? >> WHAT ABOUT IT? IT’S CURRENT. ALL THE INFORMATION IS CORRECT. ISN’T THAT ALL THAT MATTERS? >> THAT DEPENDS. WHEN DOES IT EXPIRE? >> THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, IT SAID FIVE MONTHS FROM NOW, BUT, I MEAN, WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE RETURNING BEFORE IT EXPIRES. >> ACTUALLY, WHEN TRAVELING TO A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES, INCLUDING SOME IN EUROPE, HAVING A PASSPORT THAT EXPIRES IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS SOMETIMES MEANS THAT YOU MAY BE DENIED AIRLINE BOARDING.

>> WHAT? >> YOU MAY EVEN BE DETAINED UPON ARRIVAL. >> WHAT? >> I HAD NO IDEA. >> ME EITHER! >> IT’S TRUE. IN FACT, WHEN TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY, THE STATE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS THAT YOUR PASSPORT HAVE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS OF VALIDITY BEYOND THE DATES OF YOUR VISIT. >> OH. >> WELL, DRAT. I GUESS THAT MEANS I’VE GOT TO GET MY RENEWED THEN.

CAN I JUST MAIL IN MY RENEWAL? >> YOU CAN. BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND. >> OKAY. >> FIRST, YOUR MOST RECENT U.S. PASSPORT MUST BE UNDAMAGED, AND IT ALSO CAN BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. >> OKAY. >> IT ALSO MUST HAVE BEEN ISSUED WHEN YOU WERE AGE 16 OR OLDER. >> OKAY, MINE WAS. >> AND IT ALSO MUST HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITHIN THE LAST 15 YEARS. >> WHAT IF I GET MARRIED AND MY NAME CHANGES? >> IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? >> NO. I JUST WANTED TO CHECK. [LAUGHTER] >> WELL, IN THAT CASE, THE PASSPORT SHOULD BE ISSUED IN YOUR CURRENT NAME. OR YOU CAN LEGALLY DOCUMENT THE NAME CHANGE WITH AN ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. >> OKAY. >> OR THE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED DOCUMENT PROVING YOUR LEGAL NAME CHANGE. >> OKAY. ONE LAST QUESTION FOR YOU. ONCE I MAIL IT IN, HOW DO I KNOW IT ARRIVES? >> WELL, YOU’RE IN LUCK.

WHEN YOU MAIL AN APPLICATION USING PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS OR PRIORITY MAIL SERVICES, USPS TRACKING IS INCLUDED FOR FREE. >> OH, COOL. >> GREAT. WELL, THAT WORKS! >> SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE WEARING ON OUR TRIP? >> THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. >> NO PROBLEM. >> WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >> THANK YOU. >> HAVE A GOOD DAY.

>> SO THIS IS WHAT I’M THINKING ABOUT CLOTHING. >> UH-HUH. >> THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE PASSPORT SERVICES, HELPING MAKE YOUR NEXT TRIP THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME..

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