According to officials at the US State Department, 2016 and 2017 will be extremely busy for the Passport Office. The number of passport renewals is expected to exceed 2015's numbers by more than 1.5 million requests. Why such a drastic increase you wonder? The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is much of the reason for the increased demand. This Department of Homeland Security initiative, enacted in January 2007 began requiring that US travelers to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda, obtain and show a valid passport to gain entry to these countries. This influx of new passports issued in 2006 and 2007 will be approaching expiration after the standard 10 year passport term in the coming year.
What does this mean for you?