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Passports 101

For international travel a passport is generally required. Passports:

  • should be valid for at least three months beyond departure from your destination
  • have one blank page for entry stamp
  • be in good condition
  • should be kept in a safe location at all times

Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in cancellation of your trip or delay in your return.

Obtaining a Passport

If you need to apply for a passport, standard processing is $135 USD and takes 4-6 weeks. Expedited service is available for an additional charge.

A copy of your actual passport must be uploaded to your online application by the date specified. Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight, and possible increased costs.

Passport applications can be processed in Macomb at the following locations:

  • McDonough County Circuit Court: located at 1 Courthouse Square (east end). For additional info, including hours of operation, call 309-837-4889.

  • Macomb Post Office: located at 205 S. Randolph Street (south of Square). For additional info, including hours of operation, call 309-833-5594.

Please Note: *WIU study abroad students should apply for the U.S. passport book, not the passport card. Passport books are valid for ten (10) years and are the responsibility of the student to obtain.

For additional info visit the U.S. Department of State's website .




  • Spring 2022 Study Abroad scholarships now open!

    Scholarship applications for Spring 2022 study abroad programs are now open. More information about the scholarships and the application form can be found on our website. The application deadline is midnight, Monday, November 1. If you have any questions about the scholarships, please contact Kim McDaniel, Study Abroad Advisor, at

  • Apply for passports NOW

    Passport processing is currently taking 3 months. If you plan to travel in Spring or Summer 2022, apply for your passport NOW


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