As the deadline to renew my passport is drawing near, I researched online if there are any passport concerns I should be aware of. I read that the new passports, as of July 2016, would have chips embedded in the book. However, my children received their passports last month and it looks exactly the same as mine, no chip.
In addition, the pages in the new passports are said to be reduced to 28 stamp-approved pages, rather than the standard 52 pages available in the past. Again, I don’t see this change in the new passports.
A couple of things we had to do differently when we obtained the passports for our adult kids though, included a new birth certificate with a new seal. Their original birth certificates were not accepted. The new birth certificates are smaller and don’t contain the time the children were born. For the passport photos, my children had to remove their glasses and were not allowed to smile.
Tip: You will receive the passports quicker if you pay by money order.
We are waiting for the last three birth certificates so we can order the passports for our 13, 15 and 17 year old children. Although my passport does not expire until the end of 2018, I will renew before sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted if we encounter any difficulties or changes.