Why you should get your passport renewed immediately

If it's time for you to renew your passport or if you don't have one and need one, you should focus on getting one as soon as you gather the paperwork. The process can be a pain under normal circumstances, but it's about to become even worse.

That's because a new law reports that there is going to be a huge run on the passport office. Back in 2007 there was a new law under which people traveling to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean needed a passport to do so.

This caused a lot of people who needed to go to those places quite a bit to sign up. The thing is, now all those people that signed up due to the new law will naturally have their passports expire in 2017.

On top of that, there's a new law that says people need ID's with data chips for domestic flights.

Some states have state ID's already issued with this, but given the fact that most states do not and that as much as 55% of the population in the United States doesn't even have a passport to begin with, you can see why leaving it to the last minute probably isn't the best idea.

If you work in the passport office, good luck! The year 2017 is likely to be a very busy one.

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Questions and answers on the US Citizenship Test
How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Answer: 27

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Who makes federal laws?

Answer: Congress, Senate, House of Representatives 

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The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

Answer: 'We the People'

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We elect a US Senator for how many years?

Answer: Six (at a time)

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The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

Answer: 435

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Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

Answers: To print money, to declare war, to create an army, to make treaties

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If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

Answer: Speaker of the House

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What are two Cabinet-level positions?

Answers: Vice President, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General

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Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

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When was the Constitution written?

Answer: 1787

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