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Faster Passport Renewal

In her recent article for Smarter Travel, Shannon McMahon lists six rules to speed up getting your passport renewed, which is great advice considering the expected massive surge in applicants for the next several months. Since U.S. passports are only valid for a decade, the rise in passport renewal applications is partly due to 2018 being the 10-year anniversary of the law that first required passports for travel to Mexico and Canada. The State Department expects longer-than-usual processing times. So, you want to make sure you correctly follow all the rules to prevent additional delays.

Do you know how to take a valid passport photo, for example, and which documents to include with your forms? And are you aware of a big change slated for this year that could take the entire renewal process online?

Read Shannon’s whole article to be sure.