A passport is a U.S. citizen’s key to international travel
Traveler's should apply several months in advance, especially if they need visas for their foreign destinations.
Make sure passport is valid at least six months after returning home and has two or more blank pages, or some countries may not let you enter.
Check expiration dates carefully - passports for children are valid for five years and for adults passports are valid for 10 years.
ALWAYS bring your passport for cruises, even if not required, for emergencies.
Passports are processed based on when the traveler is traveling internationally and what service is selected:
- Emergency = Life-or- Death Emergencies that requires international travel within 72 hours (3 business days)
- Urgent Travel = Urgent international travel plans within 5 business days for non-emergency (Restrictions apply)
- Expedited = If you are traveling in 5-7 weeks from today. Expedite at an acceptance facility or expedite a renewal by mail.
- Routine = If you are traveling more than 8-11 weeks from today. Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail.