How to Check the Status of Your Passport Application

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Whether or not you have plans to travel abroad in the near future, you should always have a valid passport. Nearly half the states in the U.S. now require residents without Real IDs to show their passports before boarding domestic flights. And with longer wait times for passport processing expected in 2020, you should apply for a passport as soon as possible—or double-check to see when your current one expires. Once you've submitted the request form, here's what you need to do to check the status of your passport application.

To view your passport application status online, visit the U.S. government's online passport status system. After entering your last name, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number, you'll see how far along your passport is in the process. This information is only available seven to 10 business after you apply, so if you type in your information and nothing comes up, you may need to be patient. By entering your email address on this page you can receive automatic updates as your application moves through the system.

You can also check in on your passport status by phone. Call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and ask for your application status. For this, you'll also need your last name, date of birth, and the last four digits of your SSN.

Applying for or renewing a passport is a hassle, but if you're a frequent traveler, there are tricks you can use to extend the lifespan of your travel document. For example, you can use sticky notes to save the blank pages in your passport and keep it from filling up too quickly. (Most countries require a specific number of blank pages—often two facing pages—in order to allow for entry.)

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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Life of Pix, Pexels

No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado