Is your passport expiration date coming up? Submit your passport applications well ahead of your planned travel dates in order to avoid travel delays.
About 10 years ago, the United States started requiring a passport for travel to and from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, which caused passport applications to surge between 2006 and 2008. US passports issued or renewed during this time are now beginning to expire, and many countries require that passports have up to six month’s validity remaining for entry into the country.
Due to the strong demand for US passports, it now may take longer than expected for your application to go through.
You can renew your passport as early as six months or even a year before it expires. Avoid the stress of worrying about getting your passport in time for travel or paying additional costs to expedite processing (which may cost more than the cost of the standard passport fee). Check your passport expiration date now to see when you’re eligible to renew.
Renewals: Submit by mail using these guidelines for the easiest way to renew. Please note: you’ll have to submit your most recent, full-validity passport in the process.
First Time Applicants: If you’re applying for your passport for the first time, follow these guidelines. You’ll be able to fill out the forms online, but you will need to submit your application in person. Find nearby locations.
Emergency Passport: When traveling within two weeks or less, you can schedule an appointment at a U.S. Department of State passport agency. You must show proof of travel within two weeks and pay an extra fee. Learn about more expediting options.