Sorry, Story Of Man Stuck Abroad After His Kid Doodles On Passport Is Probably A Hoax

Sorry, Story Of Man Stuck Abroad After His Kid Doodles On Passport Is Probably A Hoax

I know, we all just love it when we can get our hands on a juicy story, hot off the Internet presses, that seems to be the perfect storm of situational comedy in real life. For example, Dad gets stuck in South Korea on a family trip after his kid doodles all over his passport, rendering it unusable. Kids these days! Smack on the forehead! Except it’s probably not true. [More]

New Jersey Suggests People Change Their Names To Fit With Antiquated Driver’s License System

New Jersey Suggests People Change Their Names To Fit With Antiquated Driver’s License System

The people of New Jersey represent just about every racial and ethnic group you could imagine, so not everyone is going to fit into the standard mold of first name/middle initial/last name. And even though state authorities are well aware of this fact, they would rather have drivers legally change their names than update the state’s outdated license database. [More]

If One Woman Flies On An Expired Passport With No One Noticing, How Many Others Are Doing The Same?

If One Woman Flies On An Expired Passport With No One Noticing, How Many Others Are Doing The Same?

Anyone who’s ever flown internationally has had that heartbeat-skipping moment: “Wait, is my passport expired?” I had it a few months before flying to England, and my heart didn’t rest until my newly-issued passport was in my hands. But one woman who flew to Europe from the U.S. says she didn’t have that moment until it was too late, when she realized her passport was a year expired. Turns out a bunch of security agents missed it, too. Oops. [More]

American Airlines Staffer Refuses To Let Me Fly Twice In One Day

American Airlines Staffer Refuses To Let Me Fly Twice In One Day

We’ve posted numerous stories in recent years about airline staffers booting passengers from flights or having them detained after the plane lands for reasons that seem pretty petty. And here’s the story of a Consumerist reader who says he wasn’t even allowed on his plane because an American Airlines employee had issues with both of his passports, even though the TSA had no problems. [More]

State Department Proposal Would Make It Tougher For Some To Get Passports

State Department Proposal Would Make It Tougher For Some To Get Passports

Quick — name off every address at which you’ve resided. Finished? Now let’s hear the addresses, phone numbers and names of supervisors at every job you’ve ever had. And when you’re finished with that, cough up your mom’s address at wherever she was living a year before you were born. [More]

Passport Fees Rising On July 13

Passport Fees Rising On July 13

If you have apply or renew passport on your to-do list, better put it on your “done” list this week if you want to save money. Starting July 13, new higher passport fees go into effect. [More]

State Department Admits RFID Passports Are Insecure

State Department Admits RFID Passports Are Insecure

The State Department is advising travelers using super-secure RFID-enabled passports to buy a “radio-opaque” holster, because it turns out that RFID chips aren’t so super-secure after all. Don’t fret if “radio-opaque sheath” isn’t on your holiday shopping list, this is thankfully one of those rare problems that you can solve with a hammer…

How To Get A Passport Fast

How To Get A Passport Fast

What do you do if you need a passport in less than three weeks? Don’t shell out for one of those passport expediters, call your Member of Congress. They have these things called constituent liaisons, whose whole reason for existence is prodding other executive agencies. This is the number one way to get a passport quickly. Call the district office for your Congress Critter, which is the number that doesn’t start with 202. A list of Members of Congress can be found here. Another thing to try is paying the extra $60 at the USPS for expedited passport service. The best thing to do is, of course, apply early, but if for some reason that hasn’t happened, getting a hold of a constituent liaison is the way to go.

Make Your Own Passport Photos

Make Your Own Passport Photos

If you have a computer and a digital camera, there’s no reason to ever pay a drugstore $8 for a couple of crummy passport photos and lousy customer service. This blogger discovered that he couldn’t even get an in-focus photo from a local CVS: “When we pointed that out, he was like ‘Oh really? don’t worry all photos printed here look like that and no one ever came back because a photo was not accepted.'” If you’re not Photoshop-savvy, just use the free epassportphoto.com website.

Renew Your Passports Now, Because 2008 Could Be Worse

Renew Your Passports Now, Because 2008 Could Be Worse

Despite all the much-publicized delays with passport applications this year, the government has announced that they’ll still be unprepared for the onslaught of applications come 2008, so if you know you’ll need a new/renewed passport you should apply now during the slow season. In January, the land and sea portion of the new passport law goes into effect, requiring everyone who travels to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean to show proof of citizenship.

Expedited Passports Now Take 3 Weeks To Arrive, Not 3 Days

Expedited Passports Now Take 3 Weeks To Arrive, Not 3 Days

Travelers paying $60 to expedite their passport application should prepare to wait three weeks, not three business days, for their passport to arrive. The State Department published the change last week in the Federal Register, shifting the target processing date for expedited applications from “three business days” to “a number of business days,” which, according to the Washington Post, means three weeks. Members of Congress lambasted the change:

How To Get Your Passport On Time

How To Get Your Passport On Time

• Hire an expediter ($80-200).

If You Paid To Expedite Your Passport Application, You May Be Eligible For A Refund

The State Department will issue refunds to people who paid to expedite their passport application, but didn’t receive their passport within fourteen days. Expediting a passport costs $60 on top of the standard $97 application fee. The move comes after the State Department admitted they could not handle a spike in passport applications caused by new rules that prevent citizens from traveling to neighboring nations without a passport.

State Department Delays Implementation Of New Passport Regulations Until September 30

State Department Delays Implementation Of New Passport Regulations Until September 30

Unable to cope with the overwhelming demand for new passports, the State Department will allow Americans to travel between Mexico, Canada and Caribbean nations without a passport until September 30. Citizens have needed a passport to fly to and from neighboring nations since January 23.

Ask The Consumerists: Can I Fly With No ID?

Ask The Consumerists: Can I Fly With No ID?

I have a friend that moved to NYC a little while ago from Iowa. She hadn’t switched to a NYS Photo ID yet, as she isn’t sure if this is going to be a permanent move, so she has been using her Iowa State Photo ID (non-Driver’s License, which is important as you’ll see) around town.

Need a Passport?  Apply Early, Expect to Wait

Need a Passport? Apply Early, Expect to Wait

The State Department is swamped with passport applications. The backlog is driven in large part by new rules that require U.S. citizens to have a passport (and not just photo id and a birth certificate) in order to re-enter the country by plane from Canada, the Caribbean, and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Help! I Need A Passport In 2 Days!

Kelly’s boyfriend needs a passport in a hurry, but how?