30 FACTS ABOUT A PASSPORT !

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”1. America was the first country to introduce machine-readable passports back in 1981.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”3. The very first US passports were used during the War for Independence from 1775 to 1783″ font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”5. In 2005 Congress passed the Real ID Act, which set authentication standards for passports, driver’s licenses and other official ID cards. ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”7. The German passport gets you into 177 countries without a visa.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”9. According to the Department of State, there are 121,512,341 passports in circulation for the 321,362,789 American citizens out there.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”11. You can’t wear a uniform in your passport photo” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”13. Since 2007, every passport issued by the State Dept. comes with a chip embedded above the moon on the last page that stores all of the holder’s information.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”15. Any sign you’ve been in Israel can prevent you from visiting certain Arab nations, though Israeli neighbors Jordan and Egypt will let you pass.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”17. Get your passport expedited in three weeks for a $60 fee. Bear in mind, though, if it’s your first passport, or your last one was stolen/lost, you’ll need to apply in person and fill out a form” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”19. There are more than 9,000 passport offices in the USA” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”20. In the UK, every 2.5 seconds one passport is printed! This allows for 5 million passports to be printed each year in the UK” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”22. Bring your passport for a Machu Picchu stamp at the entrance!” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”24. Did you know for entry to the USA, there are 20 visa types available?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”26. Kids up to 16 years of age passports are valid for 5 years and cost $105.00.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”28. It cost the GOV. $14.80 to produce a passport.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”30. You could have your passport revoked merely because you owe more than $50,000 and the IRS has filed a notice of lien.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”2. Passport colors denote your official status with the government. ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”4. Until your child is older than 15 years of age, he or she will have to re-apply every time a new passport is needed. Wondering why? ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”6. The U.S. passport has some 30 different security features at work” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”8. These are very attractive destinations, including Puerto Rico, the S. Virgin Islands can be visited without a passport. ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”10. American passports grant their holders access to a whopping 147 countries” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”12. When e-passports were introduced in 2007, the State Dept. took the opportunity to give the blue book a makeover. Developed by a committee of six people, the design overhaul which took nearly six year” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”14. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). In 2016, the chip will be sealed in polycarbonate paper which will prevent the chip from breaking. It’ll also help your passport withstand water damage and bending.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”16. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the State Department will eliminate additional passport page requests. If you need more space, you’ll have to renew your passport altogether. ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”18. US citizens can have two passports.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”21. The only person in the world who does not need to carry a passport when travelling abroad is the Queen Elizabeth II.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”23. The passport law was then amended to increase the maximum validity of a passport from 5 to 10 years. It currently costs $135.00 for a 10-year passport, including the compulsory booklet fee.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”25. US passports are printed at the US Government Printing Office using 60 different materials.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”27. Did you know for entry to the USA, there are 20 visa types available?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”29. US passports are printed at the US Government Printing Office using 60 different materials.” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:300%20light%20regular%3A300%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]