At the top of my DO NOT FORGET TO PACK list it says "Passports."
Things have changed a bit since the last time I renewed our passports, so I thought I'd use this post to
If you are planning to renew your passport anytime soon, you will need the passport renewal form available online, your old passport, two new passport photos, and a $110 adult renewal fee.
Unfortunately the photos were returned to me, deemed unacceptable by the Passport Office of the USA. The letter said they were "too grainy" and therefore unusable. I was ordered to have them taken again and resubmit my renewal request.
This time I had the pictures taken by my local AAA travel office. They were accepted and I received my passport, although none too soon. The delay caused by CVS's bad photos caused me a bit of stress wondering if my passport would get to me in time for my trip. I had done all this four months prior to my trip, but still, any other unforeseen delays or mail loss could have created a problem with my trip departure.
I found it odd that the photo is taken without my glasses, and when I look at that photo, I have to remember to recognize myself. I never go anywhere without my glasses, but I suppose glasses could be a form of a disguise, so I was made to remove them for the picture.
By the way, travel experts recommend that you make two color copies of your passport to expedite all the bureaucracy that will be involved if your passport is lost or stolen while traveling. They recommend that you keep one copy in your carry-on luggage, and the other copy at home in the safe keeping of a trusted relative.
Done, and done.
Now I just need to get back to the other trazillion things still on my lists.