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Your papers, please: State Department proposes new goofy rules to obtain a passport




An Official Checks A Passenger's Passport And Papers Before Boarding For A Flight.
An Official Checks A Passenger's Passport And Papers Before Boarding For A Flight.
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List all of your addresses since birth; list your entire employment history including the names of your supervisors; list your mother’s residence one year prior to your birth; list any “religious ceremony” around the time of your birth. If you would find those requests for personal information a bit too pushy then you might want to think twice about applying for a U.S. passport in the near future. The State Department has proposed a new list of requirements to obtain a passport, making it much more difficult to get the one document necessary for international travel, including going to Canada and Mexico. The new passport form is technically still under review but the public comment period just ended and it’s now up to the Office of Management & Budget to approve the form. Looking forward to that long-awaited vacation to Europe? Hopefully you can “describe the circumstances of your birth including the names (as well as address and phone number, if available) of persons present or in attendance at your birth” in order to get your hands on a passport.

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Edward Hasbrouck, travel journalist & blogger for the website consumertraveler.com