Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Form DS-5513 — Yet another reason to order your passport TODAY
I am aware than some of you readers—despite my pleas over the years—still do not have a passport. Perhaps you figure that, if you ever decide to cross a border, you can order your passport at that time.
But if your passport application is refused, what then?
When I first heard about a proposed new application names the DS-5513, to be used in some but not all cases, it was so shocking that I suspected it to be a hoax. It requires, for example:
• Mother’s residence- 1-year before your birth, time of birth and 1-year after your birth. Complete address required.
• Name of Mother’s Pre-natal doctor and dates of appointments.
• Documents your mother used, if any, to enter the country before your birth?
• Describe the circumstances of your birth (as well as names, address and phone number, if available) of those in attendance at your birth.
Several months have since passed. It turned out not to be a hoax. I cannot imagine that this requirement will ever go into effect, but then I once assumed the Consitution protected us all. That was prior to the Patriot Act.
For all you folks who do not yet have a passport:
Google “Form DS 5513.”
Read about DS 5513 yourself.
Then order your passport.