WHITTIER – Like hundred of other future travelers, Vanessa Gomez of Whittier is hurrying to get her passport. “I’m really concerned I’m not gonna get it on time” for her trip in four weeks, Gomez, 19, said. She’s not alone. According to the U.S. Department of State, millions of people are trying to get their passport applications processed. As a result, the waiting period is stretching out. It is now taking about 10 weeks to receive a passport, instead of the four to six weeks it took before a new law went into effect this year requiring passports for overseas travel. The library’s passport center has processed more than 276 passport applications so far this year, officials said. “Saturdays normally we would do a maximum of 12, but this Saturday we did 32 passports,” said Diana Erickson circulation supervisor at Whittier Library. But for Gomez, the concern is not only about the delay, it’s also about the fees. “I didn’t think it was gonna cost so much,” she said. The fees range from $97 to $185, depending on the applicant’s age and whether they need their passport expedited. “Sometimes they don’t realize that if the whole family is going to travel, it is going to cost them,” Erickson said. But there’s not much you can do if you plan to travel abroad by air. “Most people just accept it,” Shulkatis said. “If you want to travel, it’s just a fact of life now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business is booming at the passport processing center at the Whittier Central Library on Washington Avenue, where the increase in demand has been noticeable, library officials said. “We’ve had a huge increase in the number of people that are coming in, and the questions we receive over the phone have really increased,” said Debi Shulkatis, library services manager. “Most of that is because of the law changing this year.” Since January, the law requires everyone traveling by air to and from the United States from the Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda and Mexico to have a passport. By January 2008, everyone traveling outside the country will be required to have a passport, even if they are traveling by land. “As the year goes by and it gets closer to the deadline there will be more traffic,” said Kasey Weseloh, a library assistant at the Whittier Central branch.