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New rules burden passport offices

March 17, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Americans are putting an unusual strain on passport offices because of new U.S. rules requiring them to carry the documents for air travel to Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The average processing time has risen to 10 weeks from six because of the rules imposed Jan. 23 to comply with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the State Department said.

Expedited passport services, which cost more and usually take two weeks, now take at least three to four weeks.

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