Visiting other countries can be a great experience. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, solo or in a group, staying for a few days or several years, planning ahead can help ensure your time abroad is both enjoyable and safe.

With very few exceptions, a passport is required to travel from and return to the United States. The requirements for your passport, such as how long it must be valid beyond your planned date of departure varies from country to country. In addition, there are countries with specific visa requirements.
It’s very important to visit the State Department’s Know Before You Go resource to find what you will need for your trip.
Please begin the application or renewal process for your passport early. Current processing times average:

Routine                       6-8 Weeks
Expedited                   2-3 Weeks (additional fee)
Agency or Center*     8 Business Days or Less (additional fee
As always, please contact my office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have.