US Passport acceptance site in Bloomington
Indiana University's Office of International Services is an official U.S. passport acceptance site and can assist IU students, staff and faculty, as well as the public, with passport applications and photos.
A passport is required for travel abroad to study, teach or conduct research, so the office saw a need to establish a convenient, one-stop location on the Bloomington campus to help facilitate the worldwide mobility of the IU family.
The Bloomington IU passport acceptance site is on the second floor of the Poplars Building at 400 E. Seventh St. The office welcomes walk-ins or you can schedule an appointment online.
There is a $25 application fee in addition to the Department of State's fee for the passport. The site also offers passport-style photo services for $12.95 plus sales tax. In celebration of International Education Week (November 6—17), the passport acceptance site will be offering 50 percent off passport photos with accompanying passport application—just mention the special offer.
Visit passport.indiana.edu for complete information. Happy travels.
New security procedures for U.S. air travel took effect on October 26, 2017, impacting both domestic and international flights. While the Department of Homeland Security is rolling out its final phase of the REAL ID Act, which concerns all domestic U.S. travels, the air travel industry announced new security measures on inbound flights to the U.S.
Airport staff have received new instructions to conduct pre-screening interviews and searches on all passengers. While recent travel regulations have only targeted a number of countries, this new regulation will cover all 2,100 flights from around the world entering the U.S. on any given day.
If you are planning on traveling internationally and flying to the U.S., make sure you arrive to the airport not two, but three hours ahead of your flights as luggage drop-off, check-in, security, and boarding lines are expected to be longer in response to these new security measures.
The final phase of the REAL ID Act is set to take effect on January 22, 2018, affecting which forms of identification will be acceptable to board commercial aircrafts in the U.S. The REAL ID Act sets standards for U.S. driver’s licenses and state ID cards when used to access certain sensitive locations such as military bases, government facilities, nuclear plants, and commercial aircrafts.
As of January 22, 2018, any resident of a U.S. state that is not compliant or has not been granted an extension will not be able to use their driver’s license or state ID card to board a domestic commercial flight. If you live in a state that is compliant, your driver’s license or state ID card will continue to be a valid form of identification. Some states have been granted an extension, meaning that their residents will be able to use their driver’s license or state ID cards until October 18, 2018.
See the REAL ID compliance status map supplied by the Department of Homeland Security for up-to-date information.
If your state is deemed non-compliant or is currently under review and has not been granted an extension by January 22, 2018 then a valid U.S. passport would be the preferred form of identification.
For more details regarding the implementation of the REAL ID Act and the status of your state, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id.