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In 2006 there was a big jump in U.S. passport applications due to new requirements for needing a passport when traveling to Mexico and Canada. Since adult U.S. Passports are valid for 10 years, the State Department expects up to a 30% increase in passport applications over the next two to three years. This past summer the State Department processing times jumped from a normal 8 weeks to in some cases 12 weeks. So with this expected surge processing times especially in the summer will be exceedingly long. Please plan accordingly or use a professional expediting company to handle your passport application.