04 May If Your Passport Expires Any Time in 2016, You Need to Renew It NOW
The U.S. State Department is expecting a huge swell in passport renewals and applications this year, the New York Times reports. A batch of 10-year passports from 2006 and 2007 are poised to expire, and there’s talk of a new law going into effect that would require more robust forms of ID from some travelers in 2018.
This may cause severe delays in the passport processing department, thus effecting people’s travel plans.
Back in 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative required Americans to carry passports when flying home from Mexico, Canada and a host of other locations. The law caused a huge uptick in passport applications that year, and now, in 2016, all those passports are about to expire.
To prepare for the big rush, the State Department has hired hundreds of extra employees and built new passport agencies over the last decade, the Washington Post reported last year. But they’re still encouraging passport holders to renew early, and renew now.
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