A passport is a very important document. This is especially true for people who frequently travel from one country to another. Passports are an identity that helps one person to identify themselves as the people of a particular country. A person cannot travel in another country without a valid passport. This tells about the importance of a passport in international travel. Passports are also used in many countries as a method of identification.
Many people apply for a passport as soon as a child is born. There are other countries though where the passport is not applied by the citizens routinely. This is mainly true in many under developed countries because people rarely get the chance to travel to other countries and these people also have other forms of identification and rarely feel the need to get a passport.
Getting a passport in any country is not a very difficult process, though the process can be a highly streamlined one. The process is stringent because of the increase in terrorism. This has made the issuing of passports very strict to avoid the passports being issued to terrorists.
Almost the first thing or the first step that a person has to do to get a passport is to get the passport application form filled out. The people who need the passport have to enter various details about themselves. These details will relate to the address of the individual. It can also be about the occupation of the person, contact details and other such details.
Once the form that is either got from the passport office or got from the internet and downloaded has been completed and the photos affixed in the places where they have to be done, the next step would be to send the application form to the place where it has to be sent, usually the passport office. In some countries, there are certain things that have to be attached to the application form. This may include copies of naturalization certificates or the birth certificates. In some countries, the proof of the applicants’ origin are checked by the police and then verified.
Once all these procedures are all over, the issuing of the passport is done. The person can get the passport by the postal department if the applicant is not in a great hurry for the passport. The individual can get the passport in hand if the person is in a great hurry to get the passport.