If you are planning a trip outside the country, you may want to consider getting your passport soon. The U. S. State Department is expecting that an unusually large number of people will request passports between now and 2018. In January of this year the New York Times published an article warning of the coming upsurge, and explaining the reasons for it: passports are now expiring that were issued ten years ago, when travelling to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean first began to require a passport instead of just a driver's license. Spokespersons at the State Department are urging those who may need to apply for a passport to do it well in advance of their travel plans because the length of time needed for processing may increase significantly. Currently the average length of time it takes the State Department to process a passport is four to six weeks.
If you are one of those people who will need to apply for a new passport read more by going to the links below:
- U.S. State Department: Passport Awareness Month
- U.S. State Department: Apply Now to Avoid Delays
- New York Times: Surge in Passport Demand Expected This Year
- Upper Arlington Public Library: Passport Service
Note: If your passport is valid but due to expire before you travel, you will only need to renew it. You can do that online; you do not need to go through a passport agent.
Additional information for travelers outside the U. S: