Q. How long before my trip should I apply for a passport?

A. Apply several months before your planned trip. If you will need visas from foreign embassies, allow more time. If you don’t have any specific travel plans — but have family/friends living abroad, or are waiting to find a bargain trip — don’t wait to get your passport! Get it now, so you’re ready in case you may need or want to travel on short notice! Passport demand goes up during the summer months. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you apply early to avoid the rush.

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July 24, 2005.