U.S. Passport Rules Are Changing – Here is What You Need to Know

Passport changes are coming, and if you plan on traveling in the future you need to know what passport changes are in store. While it is normally easy to acquire or renew a passport if and when you plan a trip, the State Department says there’s about to be a massive backlog of passport applications. Plus, passports themselves are going to change. Here’s what you should know about both the expected passport application delays and the passport changes coming in the years ahead.

Renew your passport now


You can expect a longer wait for passport applications and renewals starting this year.  There were 14.5 million passport renewal requests last year and 20 million requests are expected in 2017 and 2018.  You can find detailed instructions on how to renew or apply for your passport online through the State Department. Many people are also unaware of the 6-month validity rule that many countries have adopted, including almost all countries in Europe. If you arrive in one of these countries and your passport is set to expire in the next 6 months, you may be denied entry. All the more reason to work on getting your passport renewed as soon as possible.

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You will have to comply with the Real I.D. Act

The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005 and coming into effect January of 2018, established a set of federal security standards for state driver’s licenses that require specific information and machine-readable technology. Travelers using IDs issued by certain states could be turned away at the gate beginning in 2017, if their state does not adjust to the new standards or have an extension.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, after 2020, absolutely all travelers on U.S. domestic flights must comply with the REAL ID Act.


There are stricter rules for application

As of November, 2016 glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos. The State Department sent away thousands of applications due to poor passport photos, so make sure that you adhere to rules and guidelines for passport photos.

Tip: Glasses are still allowed for medical conditions.  Simply send along a doctor’s note with your application.

Passports are getting a makeover, inside and out


A new passport makeover was introduced in July of 2016, and perhaps the biggest change is a new chip being installed inside passports. The chip is featured on the information page, will be machine-readable, and contains key biometric data on each traveler. There are other changes as well, such as fewer passport pages. The new passport will also be sealed with a special coating which will protect the book from getting wet and keep it from bending.

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New security features are being introduced

Passports will now include added technology to ensure security and decrease fraud. Catching up with many other countries, U.S. passport changes mean that new passports will include a data chip that can provide all your personal info upon scanning it onto a computer.  According to the State Department there will be even more advanced technological features and forensic devices coming in the future.

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By | 2017-10-20T15:09:27+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Travel Tips, USA|122 Comments

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Jack Baumann has traveled frequently since he was a child, which sparked a passion for adventure, history, and cultural exchange. It was from this love of culture and adventure that brought Jack to the U.K. to study for his Masters in Ancient Greek and Roman Archaeology. While studying in Wales, he traveled around Europe by himself often, and it was here that the idea for Guidester was born. After returning home and working a full time job for two years, Jack was able to scrape together enough money to form a company and begin his great quest to help people travel better and smarter! You can follow Jack's personal travel adventures on his blog Travelin' Jack.


  1. Elisa March 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I don’t get it. Why do I need a new one if mine doesn’t expire for another year? Is Missouri one of the state’s whose issued passports won’t be honored? In other words, is my current passport NOW no good for traveling?

    • Jack Baumann March 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      It all depends when you travel. If your passport expires March of 2018 and you travel out of the country December of this year, then you will not able to travel. This is because your passport must be valid 6 months AFTER you return from out of the country. Also, starting Jan of 2018 Missouri licenses will no longer be accepted on domestic flights. So you will need a passport just to fly in the U.S. next year.

      • Shenae Thomas April 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        If you traveling December of this year should I apply now?

        • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

          To be safe I think it would be wise to apply now and make sure that you have it well in advance. I’m sure it won’t take nearly that long to get it but it’s always good to be prepared!

  2. Cheryl perrin April 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    What about the state of VA? Are they one of those states?

  3. Joanne Abel April 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I due to leave the country in October. When is a good time to apply for my passport?

    • Jack Baumann April 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      If you leave in October, I would apply for your passport right now. Don’t wait as application waiting times are going to increase this year. Instructions on how apply and renew your passport can be found here – https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/renew.html.

    • Rose April 28, 2017 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Hi there! We put in an application for renewal since Feb and have yet to receive them. I suggest you get started asap. Best of Luck!

      • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Yep, exactly! There is a huge backlog of passport renewals and applications so it’s best to get started right away!

  4. Vern April 27, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Is there a web site that list the state Id that won’t or will work or will no longer work

  5. Melissa April 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    What is the personal information included in the chip?

    • Jack Baumann April 27, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      The internal chip is simply an added layer of security protection that can be read by scanners to prove the authenticity of the passport.

      • Sonia Keller April 29, 2017 at 4:02 am - Reply

        I doubt very highly that it’s “simply” an added layer of …..

        • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          Unfortunately, we do not get a say in how the federal government chooses to secure our passports.

  6. Ken Cook April 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Are compliant drivers licenses enough to cross the border to Canada? Also, is the second sentence of the opening paragraph correct? “…if their state does adjust…” or is it if their state does not adjust…?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      They used to be, but the Canadian border is now requiring passports to cross the border. If a state does not adjust to the REAL ID Act by January of 2018 then those state residents will require a passport to fly domestically.

      • V September 26, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

        Hold up. I’ve heard nothing about Enhanced Driver’s Licenses not being valid for crossing the border. I’m assuming that’s what “compliant” is referring to here. This would have been national news in Canada.

        • Jack Baumann October 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

          It all depends on the border patrol. More and more border crossings are requiring Americans to use a passport or passport card, which is a federally issued ID.

  7. Tami April 28, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    My birth certificate has my first name as Tammy. Never ever have I used that spelling. My drivers license. Marriage, divorced and taxes, school revords are all Tami. Will this cause problems?

  8. Joanna April 28, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

    What if you plan to travel in the next 2 to 3 years do you think renewing passport now is a good idea.

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      It depends when your passport expires. If your passport does not expire for 5+ years then I would say you are ok to travel in the next 2-3 years. I tend to stay on the safe side and make sure there is at least 2 years between when I want to travel and my passport expiration.

  9. Tharman April 28, 2017 at 2:26 am - Reply

    can you get a passport if you have very old open warrants in other states?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      I am not positive, but I believe it depends on what the warrant was issued for. If it was a federal crime and it has not been resolved, then yes you will have a problem getting a passport. If it was simply a local crime then no I do not believe that would impact a federally issued ID application.

    • Kate April 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Unpaid child support is enough to keep your passport from being delivered.

  10. Bonnie Scheidel April 28, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I am an American citizen but live in the UK. What is the status with my passport then? It expires in 2021? Can I get it renewed a year in advance?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      If your passport does not expire until 2021 then you have plenty of time. Living in the UK won’t hinder your ability to renew your passport through mail.

  11. Pat April 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    My husband and son both had their passport pictures taken last year in February when we got our passports and both have to wear glasses (legally blind without). Does that mean their passports are not valid?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      No, if you have a valid medical reason then you will have no issue.

      • Keely April 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        Hi. In regard to this response about the glasses, are they able to carry a letter from their optometrist stating they’re required to wear glasses in order for this to pass?
        For example, I can wear glasses and contacts but typically choose to wear contacts. I have a family member whose passport expires in 2023 and she is wearing glasses in hers. I guess she can continue to travel with that passport as long as she has a letter from her optometrist? Thank you.

        • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

          If the passport was issued by the Federal Government there is no need to carry the letter with her. Glasses only present a problem when you go to apply or renew for your passport. But, hers is already issues so unless there is a name change she does not need to update anything.

  12. Mark April 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Nice, but how about lower the cost for renewal fee, last time I paid $190.00. Per person, paid $390.00 for me and my husband, could not afford to renew another 2 for my children..for a family of 4 is $ 760.00! To much!

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Yes, I am with you price seem to keep going up. Best thing you can do is to write your state and federal representatives and ask them to keep the costs down!

  13. Renae Hunter April 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    How do we renew my husbands passport when he has dementia and cannot write or sign anymore?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      That is an issue I am not familiar with. I would consult your doctor and then speak with the nearest passport agency. This information you can find online with a simple Google search.

    • Steven December 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      A letter from the doctor will be acceptable. You can mark the application with an X by the signature section. Worst case senario is making a personal appearance at a regional passport agency so they can verify the applicant.

  14. Jim Tucker April 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I understand that if you have an issue with the IRS that has not been resolved, that the State Dept. can refuse to issue or renew your passport? Is this true or not and could you reference any further information about this? Thanks!

  15. JR April 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    No. You just can’t have them in pictures for passports submitted after the change took effect.

  16. Mary Slade April 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I send my passport to be renewed in February and I’m going to Aruba in May. Why haven’t I gotten it back by now?

    • Jack Baumann April 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Passport applications have a very high turn around time this year due to a rise in the number of applicants and renewals. You can call a passport agency to check the status and see if they can expedite the process. If you need it expedited right away email me personally at [email protected] and I can set you up with our partner that handles passport issues.

  17. Scott April 28, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I applied for my first passport in January 2017 and received it three
    weeks later.

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      That is fantastic! This is because you applied at the very beginning of the year. People that are applying now are seeing much longer wait times. Great job on getting it done early!

  18. Tamara April 29, 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Do minors need an ID to get a passport? I will be traveling next year with my 13 and 2 yr old?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      No, you just need proof of citizenship. Birth certificates are good forms of ID to use when applying for a passport.

  19. Dan April 29, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Will enhanced drivers licenses still work the same?

  20. D Helms April 29, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Will Passport cards be acceptable for travel inside the US?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Yes, since it is a federally issued ID it will be compliant with the REAL ID Act.

  21. Judith Clayton Griffin April 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    If you have a Passport (Georgia) & renewal date is 01/21/19…do I need to renew now?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      It depends on when you plan to travel. If you want to travel this year then no you will not need to renew. If you plan to travel overseas at the end of 2018, then yes you will need to have a renewed passport by then because it falls within the 6 month expiration after your expected return date.

  22. Leslie Catwright April 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    For a new passport with the chip, how long will they be active for? Is a passport still good for 10 years?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, passports will still be issued at 10 year periods. The chip is simply an extra layer of added security.

  23. John Jackson April 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Why fewer pages? Are they going to start stamping more efficiently or have smaller stamps? Can we order extra pages when we order a new passport?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      I am not positive as to why they decided on fewer pages. Perhaps to keep the size more manageable as most people do not use even close to all of their pages. You can request additional pages if needed.

  24. Deanna April 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I live in Oklahoma, no passport & travel to Houston by air several times a year. Will my Oklahoma drivers license be a good form of ID to fly?

  25. James April 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Passports have had the security chip for 10 years now.
    Renewed in March, wife and I received new passports in less then 3 weeks.

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      They will actually be getting a new security chip as well. That is fantastic you had a quick turn around time! Many people are now seeing much longer wait times.

  26. BJaeger April 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    My passport does not expire till January 2025 but I am wearing glasses on the passport picture. does the no glasses rule apply here?:::

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      The ruling only applies to new passport photos. Passports that have already been issued will still be accepted. When you get your passport renewed in 2025 you will need to take a photo without glasses, unless you have a special note from a specialist.

  27. Connie April 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    My passport expired in 2013 and I have since lost it. Can I just apply for a new one. Oh, and I live in Oklahoma too.

  28. Michael Jilek April 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Is a passport card still valid for travel to Canada & Mexico?

    • Jack Baumann April 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Yes, passport cards work for border crossings for both Canada and Mexico.

  29. Dave Reynods April 30, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I am traveling to Spain in June of this year and had heard that there was a recommendation by an advisory board to the EU that travelers from the US be required to have Visas for all EU countries. I believe this was in response for the US not accepting Visas from citizens in certain Eastern European countries wanting to travel to the US. I think two of the countries were Bulgaria and Romania. Do you know anything about this?

    • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      What the EU did was announce they were going to revoke the long standing custom whereby Americans can travel freely throughout European countries for up to 90 days without a visa. However, there has not yet been a law enforcing this policy, so as of now you will not need a visa to travel to Europe. I am visiting Spain, the UK, and the Netherlands in June and am not required to obtain a visa.

  30. Barbara Salter April 30, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Traveling to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia middle of October. Passport expires lat May, 2018. Do I need to renew passport? What are the rules for going to Canada?

    • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Your passport will expire within 6 months of your return date so I would recommend getting it renewed now to avoid any complications. Canada used to allow a state drivers license but now require a passport when crossing the border.

  31. Susan April 30, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    My grandkids got new passports about 9 months ago do they still have to get new ones again?

    • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Nope they won’t need to do anything until it comes up for renewal.

  32. Ellen April 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    My passport is 5 years old and in September I will be traveling to Germany and will be there for 1 year. Am I good??

    • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Yes, if you have the full 10 year period on your passport until it expires then you will be fine. Have you already secured your visa?

  33. jan scott April 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    my passport expires in 2020 and my DL will still be valid when I travel to Germany and Italy in Sept 2017.. am i set to go ??

    • Jack Baumann April 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      If your passport does not expire until 2020 then you are good to go!

  34. Zulma April 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Traveling to Puerto Rico??? What the rules???

    • Jack Baumann May 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Puerto Rico is a US territory which means you do not require a passport to travel there. A government issued ID will suffice.

  35. Kay kasten May 1, 2017 at 1:58 am - Reply

    So if we go for a renewal we have to take off our glasses for the picture?. Then we won’t look like ourselves

    • Jack Baumann May 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      This only applies to new applications and renewals. Starting Nov 1, 2016 glasses can be acceptable in passport photos only if there is a valid medical reason.

  36. Claudine May 1, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I’m going to The Dominican Republic in may and my passport expires in July. Is this going to be a problem? I was not aware of this new rule

    • Jack Baumann May 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Yes, this may be a problem. Every country has different rules when it comes to entry. Speak with your travel agent personally about this issue.

      • RL May 3, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

        No, it won’t be a problem. The Dominican Republic only requires that the passport be valid for your travel. Check the information on the State Department’s travel.state.gov website and confirm it with the Dominican authorities (http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/entry-requirements/) before you travel – if you’ve used a travel agent, they can be helpful, but they are not the ultimate authority.

    • L Schaaf May 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Yes, double check, I had a friend fly to Ecuador w/out 6 months on her passport and was turned away. She had to go to Atlanta and expedite her renewal to join her group a few days later!

  37. DLJD May 1, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    My husband became a citizen in May 2016 and immediately applied for his first US passport, it took about 7 weeks. He renewed his Canadian passport last month and it took 3 weeks.

  38. Debbie P May 2, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    DLJD. No wonder, Canada has a much smaller population than the US. The number v traveling is likely to be smaller.

  39. Ken Munson May 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    My passport doesn’t expire until 2024. I have a Louisiana lic . I wear glasses constantly and my passport pic shows me with glasses. Do I or should I renew ?

    • Jack Baumann May 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      If your passport does not expire until 2024 then there is no need to renew. The new rules regarding passport photos relate to new passports being issued, so your existing passport will be perfectly fine.

  40. Gregory Levi May 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Hello, i already have to renew my passport, i want to go to France this year in October for their chocolate festival. Im not much into computers i always mailed my passport renewals in. You said its like a backlog of requests now. If i mail for my passport now do you think i will get it before October? Now if i have to pay extra in the mail to have it delivered to me faster im okay with it as long as it comes before October. So do you think i’ll get it before October the regular way, the rush way, or i wont get it at all before October if i mail it in like usual?

    • Jack Baumann May 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Leaving in October should allow plenty of time to have your passport renewed. I would send it in now to be safe but you should have absolutely no problems getting it back before you leave.

  41. J Katzer May 3, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    If my current passport has a picture with me wearing glasses, will I be required to get a new passport?

    • Jack Baumann May 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      No you will not be required to get a new passport. The new rules regarding passport photos and glasses apply to new passport applications.

  42. Doris Chakeres May 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    My passport is due to expire in December 2017 and I’m going to Aruba June 30th. Do I need to renew my passport?

    • Jack Baumann May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      For travel to Aruba you will need a valid passport for the entire duration of your trip, so if you are going in June and will be back before December then you will be fine. Some countries require that the passport be valid for 6 months after departure date, but this is not the case for Aruba.

  43. Doris Chakeres May 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Who do I call to see if I need to renew my passport? I’m going to Aruba in June and mine expires in December.

    • Jack Baumann May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      You can renew now and you should be fine on getting it back well before December. If you want to expedite the process please email me at [email protected].

  44. Sandee Pinkerton May 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Hi! My passport doesn’t expire until 2022…. but if they are putting the chips in them and they’re changing, can I just go ahead and renew it now?

    • Jack Baumann May 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      The new security features are being implemented for new passports. All existing passports will still be accepted until their expiry date. So you are good until 2022!

  45. Sabina May 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I renewed my passport in 2010 so it’s not set to expire until 2020. Do I have to get a new one now?

    • Jack Baumann May 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      You will not need to renew your passport now. I always allow 1-2 years before extirpation date to get mine renewed so I would recommend having it renewed in 2018 or 2019.

  46. Donna May 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Renewed my passport in 2015, and I’m wearing glasses in the picture. Do I need to renew without glasses now, or is my current passport (expiring 2025) still good until then?

    • Jack Baumann May 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      No you will not need to renew your passport at this time. The new glasses rule only applies to new passports being issued, so all existing valid passports will still be accepted no problem!

  47. Nick June 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I live in MN . Traveling to Cancun in 12/2017. Our passports expire 11/15/2019. According to the https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories …MN is a problem. Can we still go to Mexico this year or ?

    • Jack Baumann August 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      If your passport does not expire until 2019 then no you will have no problem. The REAL ID Act pertains to using your driver license as a means of ID for domestic flights. You are using your passport to visit a foreign country so no problem there.

  48. Ramen August 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I live in chicago illnois my passport is expired do I need a passport to go to orlando florida from chicago illnois

  49. Ramen August 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Hi I live in chicago illinois my passport is expired do I need a passport to go to orlando florida from chicago illinois

    • Jack Baumann August 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Ramen, it looks like Illinois residents have an extension until Oct 2017 to continue using their driver license for domestic flights. When do you plan to travel to Orlando?

  50. Ramen August 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Im 12 years old im going to orlando florida August 21 2017 do I need a passport to go to orlando florida from chicago illinois in the airplane?

    • Jack Baumann August 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      No a driver license will still work for domestic flights. Illinois received an extension until October 2017.

  51. Montira September 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    1. As a California resident, I was instructed to send my passport renewal documents and payment to a passport processing center in Texas. I sent my documents on July 1 or so. I received my new passport on July 17. Does that mean that the Texas processing center is not as busy as others?

    2. Why is it taking some states longer to comply with the requirements of REAL ID Act? My current state, California, is one of the states that have yet to be in compliance. Meanwhile, my native Hawaii is among those already in compliance. (YAY, Hawaii!)

    • Jack Baumann September 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      1. Yes, every center has different processing times. It also makes a difference when you apply for your renewal. Many areas are experiencing much longer wait times than normal, but some are moving smoothly.
      2. The individual state legislature is in charge of complying with the REAL ID ACT. Some states are opposed to the bill and therefore have not yet passed it on the state level.

  52. Michele September 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    My passport expires in March of 2018 and I know I should have it renewed 6 months in advance, however, I am currently waiting for my name change documents which will arrive in November of 2017. I don’t have any immediate plans to travel abroad so would it be ok if I applied for a passport renewal in November or December once I get my name changed instead of applying now, then having to change my name afterwards?

    • Jack Baumann October 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Yes, if you send your renewal in December you should get your passport in time to travel in March of 2018.

  53. D November 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Applied for a first-time passport end of July in Florida, approaching the end of November and it’s still listed as “processing”, called and they gave no alert to any issues just said it’s still “processing”, need I be concerned?

  54. Patti November 30, 2017 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I am renewing an expired passport (issued 2000) so I can travel to Europe in May 2018. I am also moving to a new home Jan 30th (new address). Is this going to be a problem having my old (current) address on the passport? I am not sure I should wait till end of Jan to get the new passport.

  55. Kuntan December 2, 2017 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Can I use passport card as valid i.d?

  56. Daniel koonce January 28, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    I have a question I got my passport and I have my travel dates that I will be out of the country but if I need to change those dates let’s say move it back a month so if I was going to leave the country for 30 days from March to April but need to change it from April to may do I have to renew my passport for that or does that matter if I just push the trip back one additional month does anyone know if the dates of travel on the passport matter?

    • Jack Baumann March 3, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

      Hi Daniel, thanks for your question. You really need to have the passport be valid for 6 months after you return from any foreign country. I would recommend getting your passport renewed.

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