Fun Facts About Passports: Hilton to Host Passport Booth in the District of Columbia
Embarking on a campaign called the Hilton Passport Project in an effort to encourage those Americans who still do not have a valid passport to apply for one, Hilton will host its first Passport Concierge Booth of 2018 during the Travel & Adventure Show at the Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia next weekend in order to give travelers a chance to easily apply for — or renew — their passports ahead of the the busy travel season.
At the booth, attendees will be able to have their passport photographs taken free of charge; have identification documents copied; pick up relevant forms; get help from experts from the Department of State of the United States in person to navigate through the process of applying for a passport; and submit their passport applications on-site — which is one of the few times weekend application hours are offered — as well as also be able to engage with an interactive live stream experience of the global portfolio of hotel and resort properties of Hilton.
If you are interested in attending this event, here are the details — and all times are Eastern Standard Time:
Saturday, January 20, 2018: 10:00 in the morning through 5:00 in the afternoon
Sunday, January 21, 2018: 11:00 in the morning through 4:00 in the afternoon
The cost to obtain for a new passport book is $110.00 for adults and $80.00 for children ages 15 and younger; and in either case, if you are applying for a new passport for the first time, you will also be required to pay an execution fee of $25.00. Even though having a valid passport is never a bad idea, those costs may be too high for people who otherwise would not travel outside of the United States to consider obtaining a passport — although passport cards are available for people who plan on traveling only to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, as they are less expensive to obtain and smaller than a full-sized passport book.
Remember from this article which I wrote on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 that if you are a holder of a passport in need of additional space in your passport, you will need to renew your passports by mail using form DS-82. If you renew your passport from outside of the United States, you will automatically be issued a larger 52-page book. If you renew your passport within the United States, please indicate your preference for a 28-page or 52-page book by checking the appropriate box at the top of the form. The good news is that there is no fee difference for book sizes.