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Passport delays coming in 2017

For those in the passport business, 2007 was a banner year. In that 12 month period about 18 million passports were issued, four million more than in 2014.

So why the big bump? It's because 2007 was the year new rules kicked in that required citizens from the US to have a passport when flying to and from any international destination.

Those rules were expanded two years later to include citizens from the US and Canada re-entering the country by land or sea.

Passports are good for 10 years, and that means all of those folks who got one in 2007 will need to have theirs renewed. The influx is expected to cause delays up to 10 weeks. Typically most passports are processed in just a few weeks. The delays could stretch into 2018.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›