There are so many opportunities for travel today that it would be a shame if you could not grab some deal just because you did not have a passport. Since even travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, places where Americans did not need one just a few years ago, requires one now, it makes sense that everyone who ever has an itch to go and see someplace new should have one.
If you are not pressed for time, acquiring a passport is not difficult nor expensive. The first step is the passport photo which must be a certain size. In my small town I can get one at any number of drug store photo counters or at the UPS store for $12.
If you have never had a passport before, the application can be found on the state department website. You can complete it online and print, or print the form and complete it in ink. Then you will need to go to a designated passport office, usually found in a post office nearby, This link helps you find one close to your home. This process will cost $110 plus the $25 processing fee for a passport book and will take four to six weeks. For expedited service, another $60 is needed, and you will receive your passport within two to three weeks.
If you have made plans to travel and need a passport in less than two weeks, you must go to a passport agency. They are not as conveniently located; there are only 25 in the U.S. and may require travel. An appointment must be made in advance but is typically not difficult to obtain. The $60 expedited fee is required.
Travel to another country is an enriching experience but you need not have all the stress and added expense to rush through a passport process. So obtain a passport now and enjoy the knowledge that it is good for ten years…and start planning your trip!!