Perhaps I have been slightly spoilt throughout my travel career. (Short but intense) However, I have not gone very long without my passport until this day (three long weeks) It all started after my trip to Morocco. When I got back to Tarifa, Spain, I got that final nail in the coffin. This was in the form of the last stamp that my passport had space for. Luckily for me, they don’t stamp passports when flying between cities. When I got back to the States, the Global entry doesn’t require getting stamped either, so I didn’t have to worry about that.
With no international flights planned for at least a month, I decided to apply for my passport the long route. This is filling out the application and mailing it to the passport processing agency. I read online about the issues with mailing in your passport most of which were losing the application fee if there is an issue with the application. This is false. If there is a problem with the application, you have 90 days to correct it with the address below.
Once you've corrected your mistakes, your passport will be mailed to you within a few weeks. Keep in mind that all travel documents are mailed separately. So, if you applied for a passport and a passport card, you will be receiving three packages. Those packages are the passport, the passport card and the old passport that you sent initially.
I am now the owner of a new 52-page beauty. Let’s see how long it takes my wanderlust to fill this one!
A new passport is essential in travel with the Real ID Act. Having a passport for domestic travel might be new for some but I've always done it since I never travel with a plan. (Never know where I'd end up)