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Here's everything you need to know about impending changes to US passports


Unless you're handing one over before a totally kickass trip, we can all agree passports are pretty boring. And applying for passports is a huge pain in the ass. 

That said, the little blue books are vital to international travel, and the government is about to make changes. 

So in the interest of making your backpacking trip in Croatia a success, or your time in Incheon airport in Korea as painless as possible, here's everything you need to know 

You should probably think about renewing your passport...

New laws that require passports for certain kinds of travel often mean the number of applications for those little blue books is about to skyrocket.

The last time a major passport law was enacted was in 2007 when the government mandated that they were needed for travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. As you can imagine, people applied for them like crazy, and all got 10-year passports around the same time.

Guess when they're all set to expire? Yup. Mostly within the next year. 

There's already a huge backlog of passport applications. It already takes six weeks for an application to be approved. Imagine what it's going to be like when everyone remembers they need to reapply. If you can, try and beat the rush. 

But what of the children!?

Child passports might also be an issue. Remember what we were just saying about wait times? Passports for children are only valid for five years and require even more paperwork because one must prove a parent-child relationship when applying. 

If that's something you need, it'd be good to get a jump on it. 

Now more secure than ever! 

New passports will now include a data chip that will have all your info on it and will make scanning your passport much easier. 

That new chip means that your passport will also slim down. It will drop from 51 pages to a slim 28 pages. 

Here's everything you need to know about impending changes to US passports

For more, check out the 60 Second Circa. 

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