Is your honeymoon the first vacation out of the country? If so, be prepared for the process you will have to go through to obtain a passport. A passport is a legal document that allows you to travel to and from another country. The waiting period to receive a passport is two weeks to two months! So, make sure you have given yourself enough time to obtain your passport before leaving for your honeymoon.

The easiest place to fill out the paperwork is at your local United States Post Office. You may also download the passport application forms online but make sure you meet the requirements for printing purposes; view these requirements here. At the post office you are able to fill out the paperwork and take the photos required for the passport. Verification that you are a United States Citizen is required when applying for a passport; you will need to prove your citizenship by submitting one of the following documents: A previously issued-undamaged United States Passport, Certified birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth, Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship. You also need to bring one of the following items when applying for a passport at the time of application: a previously issued-undamaged United States Passport, Naturalization Certificate, Valid Driver’s License, Current Government ID (city, state, federal) or a Current Military ID (military and dependents).

Remember, once you are legally married you need to update your name on your passport! If you have a passport that was issued less than 1 year ago but need a name change due to marriage, you will have to mail these items: the completed form requesting a name change, your current & valid United States passport, an original or certified copy of your marriage license and a recent, color photo.

If your passport was issued more than 1 year ago and are requesting a name change due to marriage, you will need to mail these requirements: your current passport, the completed application for a U.S. passport by mail, renewal fees, an original or certified copy of your marriage license and a recent color photo.

Make sure you have completed all steps of the Passport Application process to ensure a valid passport before traveling on your honeymoon. For more information about applying for a passport read more here.



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