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49 million passports set to expire

Your passport is something you don't think about, until you have to go on a trip.

But Nearly 49 million passports will expire within the next three years.

That can mean massive wait times.

The U.S. government says it could take six weeks just to get your passport renewed, and that's longer than usual.

You can thank a 2007 federal law for the avalanche of renewals.

It requires citizens to carry a passport when traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

Even if your passport is current, most European countries will not accept passports within six months of their expiration dates.

The government says get your passport quicker-- act now.

Photos can be taken at many post offices, drug stores, even public libraries.

The State Department says pictures are the number one reason why renewals may be held up.

Once you get that perfect picture, renew the passport by mail or in person at sanctioned locations for faster service.

If you are in a hurry, there are ways to get your passport sooner, but you'll have to pay more.

You can make an appointment at your passport office or visit the State Department website for more details.

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