If there’s even a remote chance that you’ll be going on a foreign mission in the next year or two, go ahead and get your passport application in now. There is a huge backlog of passports in the US passport system. At the beginning of April, we applied for a passport for our youngest son, but now, about 19 weeks later, it still hasn’t come – and that was after calling and getting it put on “expedited” status. Normally it takes six to eight weeks to get a passport, but due to changes in US law requiring a passport for re-entry from Mexico or Canada, the backlog has increased greatly. Many news stories have discussed how the backlog has increased to ten to twelve weeks, but I think it’s much worse than that.
A passport is good for ten years and is something that nearly everybody should have, just in case.