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Passport Delays: The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Helping you navigate your options to renew or secure a passport for future travel.

Have you recently submitted your application for a passport renewal or are you a first timer? It may take 5 to 6 weeks from the day you submit your application until your status is “In Process.” During this time, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is entered into our system.

Even if your passport status update says, “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.

The call center is experiencing extremely high call volumes with longer-than-usual wait times. You can check your status online using this Online Passport Status System.


What is the actual processing time for passport applications?

Processing Times (as of August 2021) It may take 5 to 6 weeks from the day you submit your application until your status is “In Process.” During this time, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is entered into our system. Even if your passport status update says, “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us. Our call center is experiencing extremely high call volumes with longer-than-usual wait times. You can check your status online using our Online Passport Status System. The processing times below apply to all passport services. Door-to-Door Times Routine: 18 weeks (includes up to 12 weeks processing and 5 to 6 weeks mailing)

Expedited: 12 weeks (includes up to 6 weeks processing and 5 to 6 weeks mailing)

Expedited at Agency: Must have international travel within 72 hours (3 business days)

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Have you already applied for a passport?

Want to know your status? Go to the Online Passport Status System to check your application status.

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