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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Summer 2021 - There are currently extensive delays at the U.S. State Department in processing passport applications. If you are considering international travel requiring a passport anytime in the foreseeable future, please continue reading for critical information:

 

Before Booking Any Travel

Each county has its own rules concerning passport validity periods and visa requirements. It is your responsibility to understand the entry rules associated with your travel plans!

Click here to access the U.S. State Department's website, which has up-to-date information on each nation's entry requirements. On this page, simply search for your destination country in the "Learn about your destination" section. It is critical that:

  1. your passport's expiration date is compliant with that nation's passport validity period; and
  2. you abide by their visa requirements, if applicable; and
  3. you have the requisite number of blank pages in your passport as determined by that nation's laws.

If your travel plans involve multiple countries, you will need to adhere to the requirements of each country. Travelers should reference the State Department's website before booking travel and again prior to departure, as nations may change their rules without advance notice.

 

If You Already Have a Passport

If you already have an existing passport, it is imperative that you check its expiration date before booking any international travel requiring a passport.

*** Many countries have passport validity laws that prohibit entry for anyone whose passport will expire in less than six months! It is your responsibility to check the U.S. State Department's website and be in compliance with the passport validity period, visa requirements, and requisite number of blank passport pages as dictated by the laws of the country you intend to visit.

Be advised: while most adult U.S. passports are valid for ten (10) years from their date of issuance, passports that were issued to minors who were under the age of 16 at the time of issuance are only valid for five (5) years. This catches many families with children off-guard. Parents should never assume the expiration dates of their children's passports are the same as their own. Take the time to carefully check each traveling family member's passports individually.

 

If You Need to Renew Your Passport

Please note: if your existing was issued more than 15 years ago and has since expired, or was issued when you were under the age of 16, you are not eligible for a renewal.  In this situation, you will need to apply for a new passport. 

Current processing times at the U.S. State Department for passports renewals are taking approximately 12 weeks for applications that have been expedited, and 18 weeks for routine, non-expedited applications. It is wise to add an additional two (2) weeks to these times for any unforeseen problems. Therefore:

*** If your passport is approaching its expiration date and needs to be renewed, you are strongly advised to refrain from booking ANY international travel sooner than 14 weeks from now.

If your international travel is between 14 - 20 weeks from today and you need to renew your passport, it is critical that you start your expedited renewal application immediately. DO NOT WAIT!  If your travel is at least 20 weeks from now, a routine, non-expediated renewal should suffice as long as you begin the application process at once.

Click here for additional information about passport renewals. Also be sure to check the U.S. State Department's website for the country/countries you intend to visit for other important information, including any visa requirements.

 

If You Need a New Passport

Current processing times at the U.S. State Department for new passports are taking approximately 12 weeks for applications that have been expedited, and 18 weeks for routine, non-expedited applications. It is wise to add an additional two (2) weeks to these times for any unforeseen problems. Therefore:

*** You are strongly advised to refrain from booking ANY international travel sooner than 14 weeks from now.

If your international travel is between 14 - 20 weeks from today and you need a passport, it is critical that you start your expedited application for a new passport immediately. DO NOT WAIT! If your travel is at least 20 weeks from now, a routine, non-expediated passport should suffice as long as you begin the application process at once.

Also be sure to check the U.S. State Department's website for the country/countries you intend to visit for other important information, including any visa requirements.

 

When to Contact Rep. Norman's Office:

Rep. Norman's office serves individuals who live within South Carolina's 5th congressional district. This includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties. If you do not live within South Carolina's 5th congressional district, please click here to find your representative and contact his/her office for assistance.

For residents of South Carolina's 5th congressional district, Congressman Norman and his staff will do everything possible to help those constituents who need assistance with expedited passports. However, it is important to understand that every situation is different and ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEES can or will be made concerning the date by which your application will be processed by the State Department, or the date by which your issued passport will arrive.

You should reach out to our office immediately under the following situations:

  • You need an expedited passport for urgent international travel, including life-or-death emergencies; or
  • You have applied for a new or renewed passport at least six (6) weeks ago, but your application is still not showing up in the State Department's Online Passport Status System; or
  • You have already applied for a passport (new or renewal) but have not received it within the prescribed time; or 
  • You want to travel internationally sooner than the prescribed time for your passport to be issued. 

Rep. Norman's office in Rock Hill is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM. You can contact us by phone at (803) 327-1114. Please be prepared to complete and quickly return this required Privacy Release Form to our office, which gives Rep. Norman's congressional staff the authority to contact the U.S. State Department on your behalf.