If you're planning a trip abroad changes in passport rules may affect your comings and goings. Starting Monday travelers flying to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean must have a passport. It used to be that proof of application of a passport or other identification was enough. But law went in to effect January requiring passports to fly into those countries. That rule was relaxed between Memorial Day to the end of September, because that law caused a back-up in processing requests. The passport office in Wilmington was extremely busy between January and July. Some people waited up to three months to get a basic passport. Now, that's changing. Passport clerk Monica Henderson said, "The state department has really gotten caught up because of the relaxed rules. They're confident that they can get passports out in three weeks now. I'm getting a lot of good reports that people are getting them back in three to five weeks." The Post Office says now is a good time to get a passport, before the holiday rush begins. It's also a good idea to get your passport now because starting January of next year a passport will be required for all methods of travel to other countries. The Post Office is expecting it will get busy again come the New Year.
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