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How to Renew Your Passport Book or Card

If you’re thinking about planning a trip abroad over the holidays, you and your family will need to have updated passports.

All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally.

Renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires. Certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to six months after your trip. Some airlines do not allow you to board if you don’t meet this requirement.

You cannot renew your passport if any of the following are true, but must apply for a new one in person instead:

  • Your current passport was issued before your 16th birthday
  • Your current passport was lost or stolen; report the loss or theft
  • You meet any other condition that requires you to get a passport in person

Renew your U.S. passport:

Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) for assistance and/or information:

If you’re planning a trip abroad over the holidays check the State Department’s list of travel warnings.

Avoid Airport Security Check-In Delays

Summer is a busy season for travel. If you have air travel plans over the last few weeks of summer, take a look at the Transportation Security Administration’s summer travel information.

It includes a checklist (PDF) with tips on packing and reminders of what to do at the security checkpoint. Being prepared may help you avoid unnecessary delays.

Explore America’s Scenic Byways

If you’re going on road trip, check out America’s Scenic Byways as you plan your routes. 

The National Scenic Byway System is comprised of specially designated roads in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Many of these roads offer breathtaking views and got their designation based on archaeological  cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic qualities. 

Before starting off on your trip, be sure your vehicle is in good shape and get tips on how to improve your gas mileage.

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Aug. due to the threat of terrorist attacks. Read the full alert to learn more.