Passport Changes are Here. What You Need to Know.

Published on 02/11/2017

  • Passport Changes are Here. What You Need to Know.

Politics and travel bans that may or may not be issued by the United States aside, there have been some recent changes made to passport requirements. If you’re a frequent traveler or plan to fly the friendly skies in the next few years, here’s everything you need to know about how these changes will affect you.

Glasses off!

If you wear glasses, take note: you’ll need to remove those frames before you have your passport photo taken.

What if you’re bespectacled in your current passport photo? No worries! You don’t need to take a new photo until your passport is set to expire. And if you require glasses for medical reasons, this new rule may exclude you, but you’ll need a signed statement from a medical professional to prove that.

Things are getting smaller

Previous passports allowed for 52 stamped pages. That number has been shrinking. Passports today contain only 28 pages as of late last year. And speaking of pages, they’re now numbered so that should help make it easier to figure out when you need to get a new one.

Expect to pay more

Passport fees are going up again. You can figure out how much your passport or application will cost with this handy calculator.

REAL ID changes are coming

States in the United States began issuing REAL ID driver's licenses to comply with stricter security standards. If you already have a REAL ID license, you’re set. If not, keep in mind that new laws will either require a REAL ID driver’s license or alternative form of approved ID soon.

Beginning in January of 2018, licenses must be REAL ID compliant. If your state is one of the few that has not yet implemented REAL ID, see Homeland Security for alternative forms of acceptable ID you must carry before boarding a domestic or international flight.

Safe travels!


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