2018 Passport Changes You Need To Know

Changes are on the horizon for Americans looking to obtain, renew or use their passports in the new year.

  • Word on the street is beginning mid-year, you should be able to renew a passport online. According to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, they are looking to expand from the antiquated paper process to a digital process.
  • The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs will begin to hold events around the country assisting first-time passport applicants and their children with the process of applying for a passport.
  • Passport update statuses will be accessible via SMS and email notifications. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs receives nearly a million calls each year regarding passport status updates.

  • Starting January 22, 2018, state-issued driver’s licenses that fail to meet the REAL ID Act requirements will not be acceptable to board domestic flights. U.S. passport cards and passports may be required to fly within the U.S. if your state does not comply with the REAL ID mandates. Learn more here. 
  • Expect passport processing to take longer than 4-6 weeks due to  an influx in the number of passports expected to expire in the coming weeks.

Article originally published on Madamenoire.com



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