Unless you renewed your passport yesterday, do yourself a favor and take it out right now. If it expires anytime next year, get yourself renewed now.
Why is that? Well, as reported by the L.A. Times, fewer people apply in the fall, so wait times from September to December are the shortest (just four weeks instead of months).
Here’s another (very tricky) reason: In January 2018, the Real ID Act kicks in. This means driver’s licenses from 23 states (including New York and California) won’t cut it for domestic travel, forcing folks to use their passports.
Plus, most countries require your passport to be valid for six months beyond your departure date. Renew now and you’ll be ready to hit up Tahiti in the dead of winter. Doesn’t that sound nice?