Present passport processing occasions attain pre-pandemic estimates

If you’re available in the market to resume your passport within the coming weeks or months, the U.S. Division of State presently estimates six to eight weeks for each new passports and renewals, down from 9 to 11 weeks. Expedited service is presently anticipated inside two to 3 weeks, decreased from 5 to seven weeks.

“The Division of State is dedicated to offering the very best service for our passport prospects whereas upholding strict nationwide safety requirements,” a State Division spokesperson mentioned through electronic mail. “Whereas we’re issuing extra passports than ever earlier than, we’re additionally reducing passport processing occasions.”

Not solely does the State Division advise vacationers to resume their passports a minimal of six months earlier than deliberate journey, however most international locations require guests’ passports to be legitimate for six months on the time of journey. Be sure you test the necessities of every particular nation since some require validity to be six months from the date of entry whereas others state six months of validity from the date of supposed departure.

Present processing occasions


“As of December 18, 2023, passport processing occasions are 6-8 weeks for routine service and 2-3 weeks for expedited service,” the State Division spokesperson mentioned. “With this replace, we’ve got returned to our pre-pandemic processing occasions from March 2020.”

Quoted wait occasions don’t embrace mailing occasions, which can contribute a further few weeks to the door-to-door time it takes to obtain your passport.

Keep in mind that you may additionally pay a further $60 to expedite your software for barely quicker service inside 5 to seven weeks.

Through the coronavirus pandemic, passport demand soared, resulting in a backlog of functions and longer-than-average wait occasions throughout the board for some U.S. authorities company companies, together with passport companies. The 4 Trusted Traveler packages run by U.S. Customs and Border Safety (International Entry, TSA PreCheck, Nexus and Sentri) have been additionally affected, although to a lesser diploma.

As of late 2023, the company has closed the pandemic backlog.

“This previous yr, the Division skilled unprecedented demand for passports,” the State Division spokesperson mentioned. “Between October 2022 and September 2023, the Division of State issued over 24 million passport books and playing cards – the very best quantity ever in our nation’s historical past. There at the moment are over 160 million legitimate U.S. passports in circulation (practically double the quantity from 2007). In 1990, solely 5% of Individuals had a passport; right now, that quantity is 48%.”

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Different issues to know

For pressing worldwide journey, you may try and make an in-person appointment for 2 circumstances:

  • For emergency circumstances — akin to a loss of life — requiring journey inside 72 hours or three enterprise days. You will need to present proof of a qualifying incident.
  • For non-emergency journey inside 14 days or should you want a overseas visa inside 28 calendar days. You will need to present proof of journey.

Life-or-Loss of life Emergency and Pressing Journey appointments can solely be made through cellphone.

On-line passport renewal stays unavailable because the company implements buyer suggestions to enhance the method.

“For the reason that conclusion of the On-line Passport Renewal pilot final yr, we’ve got been working to include person suggestions and apply classes discovered from the pilot to enhance the general on-line renewal course of,” the State Division spokesperson mentioned. “We anticipate to re-launch in a restricted capability later this yr.”

As soon as launched, the company expects 5 million prospects to resume their passports on-line, roughly 25% of all functions acquired.

Our latest passport renewal experiences

A number of TPG employees members who just lately renewed their passports have reported quicker-than-anticipated turnaround occasions.

“I renewed mine in January, and it took 10 days whole,” mentioned TPG bank cards editor Daisy Hernandez.

Not solely did TPG senior video editor Jon Maxwell renew his passport, he additionally utilized for a first-time passport for his child in November, each of which arrived in roughly a month.

Equally, TPG vp of selling Becca Manheimer mentioned her child’s new passport got here in lower than two weeks through expedited service.

“Related expertise as Becca — I renewed my daughter’s passport in January utilizing expedited processing,” recalled TPG director Nick Ewen. “Appointment on the workplace was on Jan. 18, and I acquired the brand new one again within the mail on Jan. 29.”

Backside line

No matter your journey plans, submit your passport as early as doable for processing — six to 9 months upfront of expiration and/or journey plans.

The State Division repeatedly updates its web site with the most recent passport processing occasions for vacationers.

“We proceed to advise vacationers to fastidiously assessment the present passport processing occasions … earlier than making any particular or nonrefundable journey plans,” the State Division official mentioned.

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