If you don’t already have a valid U.S. passport, the time to apply is now. Routine service takes approximately 6 weeks, depending on how busy the passport office is at the time you apply. There is expedited passport service available for any additional fee.
If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport is valid for 10 years, but remember that your children’s’ passports are only valid for 5 years. Many countries require that your passport have 6 months of validity on it when you enter the country, so check the expiration date and renew your passport if necessary.
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.
For more information on how or where to apply, call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD), or visit their website: