While AAA does not process passport applications, we can provide you with the resources to make the process easier, including passport photos.
Instant passport photo service is available at AAA offices during normal business hours. No appointments are necessary. Members will receive color photos which are valid for passports, visas and international driving permits. Free for Plus and Premier members!
How to Take the Perfect Passport Photo
Applying for a Passport
U.S. citizens are required to carry a valid U.S. Passport when leaving or entering the country including trips to Canada and Mexico. Need an overview of how to apply for a passport? Start here!
Time to Renew
Your passport doesn't have to be expired for you to renew it. It's recommended that renewing your passport well ahead of any planned international travel, even if it still has a few months validity left on it. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip.
The cost of your U.S. passport will depend on the type of passport you request and how quickly you need it. See Passport Fees for more information on the cost of a U.S. passport book or a U.S. passport card and all associated services.
Processing times can vary depending on the time of year, and occasional unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. During busier times, such as the summer travel season, we encourage customers to expedite their applications if traveling in less than 6 weeks. See Application Processing Times for more information.
How long is a passport valid? Is it true that it needs to have at least 6 months of validity remaining?
If you were age 16 or older when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years.
If you were under 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years.
The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.
Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Consider the following scenario: A country requires that you have at least six months of validity on your passport. You currently have seven months of validity on your passport. However, your trip is two months from now. At that point, you will only have five months of validity remaining on your passport which is not enough to satisfy that country's entry requirements. In this situation, you would need to renew your passport before you can make your trip.
Check our Country Specific Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling. Watch this short YouTube video about why you need at least six months of validity on your U.S. passport!
If your passport has already expired, you may still be able to renew your passport by mail. See How to Renew Your U.S. Passport.
No, the Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future. You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site at this time.
No, you don’t need to update your current passport with your new address. However, if you have a passport application that is currently in process, and you’d like to change your mailing address, please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.
The passport application process for minors, under age 16, is the same whether or not the minor has had a passport in the past or not. The application must be submitted in person at a passport agency or authorized passport application acceptance facility. It cannot be renewed by mail. For more information go to Children Under 16.
In addition to a valid U.S. Passport, some countries require visitors to have a visa.
AAA's preferred visa partner is Travisa. Visit their website to find out if a visa is required, print required forms, and pay for processing.
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