Congressman Roy’s message to constituents on passport service delays

July 12, 2021
Blog Post

As many folks have travel plans this summer, please keep in mind that the U.S. Department of State is not currently able to process passport applications at the same rate as before the pandemic. Below are some updates regarding passport processing information.

 

  • Routine passport service can take up to 18 weeks from the day a customer submits their application to the day they receive a new passport.  The 18-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for application processing and up to six weeks for mailing times on the front and back end. 

 

  • Expedited passport service can take up to 12 weeks from the day a customer submits their application to the day they receive a new passport.  The 12-week timeframe includes up to six weeks for application processing and up to six weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.
     

Appointments

We understand many are in desperate need of appointments at their passport agencies and centers for last minute travel.  Given the extremely high demand and extremely low availability of appointments, the U.S. Department of State cannot guarantee appointments for all travelers and must continue to prioritize applicants with life-or-death travel. Even though in the past year they have been able to assist many of you with appointment requests, at this time they ask that you limit your appointment requests to life-or-death cases. 

Customers should not rely on an appointment to receive a passport.  Customers should plan around the 18-week and 12-week door-to-door processing times described on travel.state.gov/passports.

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