If you don’t have a passport (or if your passport is expired), you need to apply right away! How else are you going to collect all of those passport stamps?
COVID has drastically slowed down passport processing times, so some youth have waited up to four months for their passports to arrive. Don’t wait, and ALWAYS expedite your application or renewal! It is worth the extra fee.
To apply for a United States passport, you need to complete the application form DS-11 and submit it with a recent passport photograph of yourself (make sure you meet the photograph requirements). An easy way to do this is at your local US Post Office.