If you’re planning a late winter or spring getaway, you should apply for a passport right now. Passport Canada is warning that it will take up to six weeks to process applications.
That’s because January is the busiest time of the year for the federal agency, with 20,000 to 23,000 passports issued daily. This year, there’s added pressure because you’ll need a passport when you drive across the U.S. border as of January 31. The good news is you can trim your wait time to about two weeks if you bring a passport to the office. Under the new rules, applicants with a passport issued after Jan. 31, 2002, do not have to provide proof of citizenship or a guarantor’s declaration. In addition, the government now allows most Canadian adult passport holders to act as guarantors for applications. Get it done and have a great trip.