Did you know…
That if your Passport Expires in 2017 or 2018, you should give yourself extra time to renew, due to an expected delay from the State Department.
In 2007, the WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) was put into effect to help with border security. There was a surge in Passports acquired, and now those are all up for renewal.
The State Department expects the delay to last into 2018.
The Information Below is from the State Departments Official Page, and provides the links to help you begin the process.
Don’t find yourself in a panic to get on a plane, be prepared, and be proactive!
We are expecting an increase in passport applications through 2018. Submit your passport application well ahead of your planned travel dates in order to avoid possible delays!
You can renew a passport conveniently by mail at any time if you meet certain criteria. If you are applying for the first time or are under 16 years old, you must appear in person at a passport acceptance facility, including designated U.S. post offices, clerks of court, and public libraries.
Passport acceptance facilities offer routine service (6-8 weeks) and expedited service (2-3 weeks). The expedited service costs an additional $60. Save the $60 expedite fee by planning ahead!
In 2007, we experienced an unprecedented surge in passport applications, issuing over 18 million passports as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Nearly ten years later, those passports are beginning to expire, and we have been experiencing increased demand for passport renewals. We issued over 15.5 million passports in fiscal year 2015 and the increased demand is expected to continue through 2018.
For more information on how or where to apply, please visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).