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Passport Processing Times

Throughout the year processing times for routine service have historically been four to six weeks. In the spring and summer there are longer processing times. Because of Covid-19, the processing times are much longer! To avoid longer processing times before your travel date creeps up on you, apply for your passport now.

Update: Because of COVID-19, standard processing times are taking approx. 8-11 weeks.

Processing Times:

  • Routine Service: Because of covid-19: 8-11 weeks; Historically: 4-6 weeks in the fall and summer (4-8 weeks in the spring and summer)
  • Expedited Service- Because of Covid-19: 5-7 weeks; Historically: 2-3 weeks Door to Door (Available from the Department of State)
  • In-Person Visit to a Passport Agency – Must have proof of travel within 72 hours. Expediting companies are allowed to process passports.

Please remember when calculating processing times, passport cards are not shipped using overnight delivery. All passport cards are delivered using First Class Mail (usually separately from the Passport Book).

It takes 5-7 days for applications to be tracked online. It will take less time if you paid for Expedited Service and sent your application via overnight delivery.

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