SOURCE: AAA Texas

October 13, 2006 16:05 ET

AAA Texas Offers "Free Passport Photo" Day

AAA Makes It Easy to Comply With New Passport Rule

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 13, 2006 --


WHY: Starting January 8, 2007, Americans traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Central America and the Caribbean countries will need a passport.

WHAT: To help make it easier for travelers, AAA Texas will offer free passport photos in all of its 25 district offices on Wednesday, November 1st from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Passport applications are also available in the district offices.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9 AM - 6 PM

WHERE: AAA Texas District Office (25 district offices in Texas)

To locate a district office near you, go to www.aaa-texas.com

BACKGROUND

Currently, a set of passport photos cost $7 for AAA members and $10 for non-members.

"With the deadline weeks away, we have seen more travelers coming into our district offices seeking assistance with passport photos, travelers' cheques, International Driving Permits, and help with their travel arrangements," said Mark Bell, general manager of AAA Texas. "We encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity to save money if applying for a passport."

Under the new requirements, airline passengers from the U.S. and Canada traveling to countries in the Western Hemisphere will be required to present a valid passport for entry and re-entry in the U.S. According to the U.S. State Department, less than 27 percent of Americans have a valid passport. This could mean real delays if travelers wait until the end of the year to get a passport for their 2007 travels, said AAA.

Note: Each customer is limited to one set of passport photos.

AAA Texas, a member of the American Automobile Association federation of motor clubs, has been serving Texans since 1902. Today, more than a million AAA Texas members benefit by the organization's roadside assistance service, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing, buying and financing, trip planning services, and traffic safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on AAA Texas' web site at www.aaa.com.

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