INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 26, 2016) – Families planning spring break trips are advised to check their passports before booking international air travel. Government officials say the wait time for passport renewal is now six weeks, compared to the usual four-week processing period.
A surge in passport applications is expected this year. Experts say they predict around 17 million applications will be submitted. The increase is partly due to new air travel regulations put in place in 2007 requiring travels to show a passport when returning from Canada or Mexico. The passports issued in response to that are set to expire soon.
There is an additional guideline that many people are unaware of -before they travel.
"The TSA in most countries requires six month validity left on their passports." said Linda Zramkuski, customer service manager at the Chicago Passport Agency. People don’t realize when they look at their passport. They think 'Oh, I have time.' And if there’s not six months left they will have to renew their passports. "
Adult passports are valid for ten years, while children's passports are valid for five years.
To help with the renewal process, several post offices in the Indianapolis area are hosting "Passport Day" Saturday.
Park Fletcher: 2760 Fortune Cir. E., Indianapolis, IN 46241 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Southport: 1701 E. Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nora: 1300 E. 86th St., Suite #36A, Indianapolis, IN 46240 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here is more information from USPS:
- Bring in proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, country or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable).
- Bring in proof of identity. This must be either a previous U.S. passport, a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver’s license, a government ID or military photo ID.
- Passport photograph services will be available on site for a fee of $15.
- To save time in this process, customers can download a passport application at the Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov.
- All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Applicants under age 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.