Passport Requirements for St. Martin
If you are traveling to St. Martin/St. Maarten, you are in for a real treat. The island, on the same time zone as the eastern United States
, has more than 30 pristine beaches
for swimming and sunbathing. The island is divided into a French side and a Dutch side, and you can travel to and from them without restrictions. You will need a valid passport to get to the Island and can expect the following requirements.
Apply for a Passport
Fill out the application form, DS-11, at least eight weeks prior to your travel dates. You can either do it online or use a hard copy. Just make sure to use black ink. The form will require listing personal characteristics, including your hair and eye color. You will have to prove your identification by submitting either an old passport or your birth certificate.
Collect the Necessary Paperwork
Collect the necessary documents to go along with your application. The form requires a valid form of identification, such as driver's license, old passport, military ID or government ID. If you do not have one of these, you can also use two forms of secondary identification, such as a library card and a credit card or a Social Security card. Don't forget the payment for the application and the execution fee, usually sent in the form of a check, unless you are submitting the form in person. Finally, include two identical colored passport photos of your face. They should be 2x2 inches in size, with your head being about 1 inch long. Keep the background plain white and wear your normal glasses or hearing aids. Digital prints are fine as long as they are not grainy.
Submit Your Application
Take in the packet of information and forms and payment to the local passport office or send it in the mail through a passport acceptance facility. You can check online to find the one closest to you. Do not sign the application until you are told to do so. If you want to receive your passport faster than is typical, you can pay an extra fee to have it processed more quickly. Children under the age of 16 will have to go into a passport office with both of their parents.
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