Now, it’s the waiting game—and just how long you wait depends on whether you chose to expedite your application to renew your passport. Here’s what you can expect:
- Routine: 4–6 weeks
- Expedited: 2–3 weeks
Both processing times include the time your passport is in the mail, too.
While you wait, you can address other travel needs, like ensuring your state-issued driver’s license or ID card will be valid throughout the duration of your international trip. AAA can also help with your International Driving Permit and ordering foreign currency.
Need to renew your passport but still traveling within the country? Keep in mind that beginning Oct. 1, 2020, your state-issued ID or license must be REAL ID-compliant for domestic air travel. (However, other forms of identification will still be accepted, like a valid passport.) The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005, is intended to make driver’s licenses and other forms of government-issued ID more secure.
Lastly, consider ways to help you feel more secure while traveling. For example, AAA offers ProtectMyID fraud resolution, in the event that sensitive information, such as your passport, is lost or stolen.