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5 things to know about renewing your passport in 2023

We've been hit with the travel bug lately and already have two trips on our calendar for this year. My clients are feeling it too, with some already making 2024 plans. So, when was the last time you looked at your passport? Passport renewals are taking longer than expected, and some countries have adjusted their requirements.

Know Your Dates

Many countries will not allow you to travel within six months of your renewal date. So staying on top of the renewal will help benefit you by getting it back before your travel date and bypassing any unexpected delays in passport processing if they pop up. This applies not only to the country you are traveling to but also to countries with which you might be making a connection while flying.


The easiest way to renew your passport in 2022 is online. First, you have to visit the official website. Then, applying and submitting any applicable payment typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you must visit a renewal office, those appointments can be booked weeks out in some areas.

Keep Your Old One

Keep your current or recent passport. You may need to provide a copy of the passport when renewing, so have a copy of it ready for submission. You also want to verify your renewal documents are up to date. Check your ID Card/Drivers License before your appointment.


Expedited processing is available, but it will eat into your vacation budget. Also, if you renew for more than one person, remember that the fees apply to each renewal. For a family of four, that adds up very quickly.

Under 25?

If you have anyone under 25 you need to renew passports for, be prepared to go into a passport center. Minors must reapply every time they need a new passport. This may be when you see many experts recommending you renew passports for anyone under 25 within a year of their expiration.

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