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5 things to know about renewing your passport in 2024

The lure of travel has been strong lately, and it seems like it's not just me. My clients are also feeling the itch, with some of them already making plans for as far out as 2025. With that in mind, when was the last time you checked your passport? It's worth keeping in mind that renewals can take longer than expected, and some countries have changed their requirements.

Passports laid out for next trip

Know Your Dates

It's crucial to keep in mind that many countries have a strict requirement that you must renew your passport at least six months before your planned travel date. Renewing your passport well in advance will help you avoid any unexpected delays during the processing of your passport. This rule applies not only to the country you are traveling to, but also to any countries you may be connecting through during your flight. Therefore, it's highly recommended that you stay on top of your passport renewal to ensure that you receive your new passport in ample time before your travel date.


Renewing

Renewing your passport in 2024 is a breeze when you do it online. Simply head over to the official website and fill out the application form, which should only take you 10 to 15 minutes. You can also submit any applicable payment online without any hassle. If you need to visit a renewal office, just keep in mind that appointments tend to fill up quickly, so make sure to schedule your appointment well in advance.


Keep Your Old One

It's a good idea to hold onto your current or recent passport as you may need to provide a copy of it when renewing. So, just make sure to keep a copy of it handy for submission. Also, don't forget to double-check that your renewal documents are up to date. And, before your appointment, take a quick peek at your ID card or driver's license to avoid any issues.


Expediting

If you are in a hurry, expedited processing is an option for you. However, keep in mind that this option might increase your vacation costs. Additionally, when you renew for more than one person, remember that the fees apply to each renewal. For instance, if you are a family of four, the costs can quickly add up.


Under 25?

If you have any young travelers in your family who need to renew their passports, don't worry. Just plan a visit to a passport center and apply for a new passport for them. Keep in mind that minors must reapply for a new passport every time they need one. As a helpful tip, many experts suggest that you renew the passport for anyone under 25 within a year of its expiration to avoid any last-minute rush or inconvenience.


As your next vacation beckons and plans for exciting adventures materialize, it's essential to be well-prepared, starting with your passport. By taking these steps, you'll embark on your travels with confidence, knowing that your passport is up-to-date, and your journey awaits. Safe travels!

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