BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We’re moving into the holiday season and if you’re planning any big vacations, making sure you have your passport ready to go is a must.

To help with the process, Congressman Troy Carter is hosting multiple one-day-only Curbside Passport Clinics. Anyone who’s already applied for a passport can get help with their pending application process.

Carter says his goal while in office is to bring more town hall meetings and curbside events to the community.

“Working people sometimes can’t make it to an office to bring the resources of government to them. And we know that passports have historically been a real issue for people,” said Carter.

Officials say that processing times are almost back to normal. However, if you haven’t applied for a passport by now, there’s a possibility you may not have it in time for Christmas travel as shipping and processing times are longer during the holiday season.

“You know that you’re taking a trip. Allow yourself enough time for any potential hiccup,” said Carter.

To avoid any delays:

  • Complete all sections of your form including entering your correct Social Security number
  • Do not leave anything blank 
  • No hats in your passport photo

If you applied after Oct. 2, the regular processing time is eight to 11 weeks. For expedited, the wait time is about five to seven weeks.

If you missed this one-day event you can still get assistance from Congressman Carter’s office. You can visit his website for more information or email