After months of near-paralysis and a long climb from a deep backlog, the U.S. State Department said its passport operations are nearing normal. Americans “can now apply for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks,” the agency said this week.
“You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in
4-6 weeks,” it added.
This marks a dramatic improvement over previous months, when the agency declined to estimate processing times and officials said they could
prioritize only “life-or-death” requests.
These new processing-time estimates apply to mail applications and those submitted in person “at an acceptance facility in your community,” officials said in a release Monday.
Many post offices, public libraries and court clerks serve as acceptance facilities; the State Department maintains a passport
acceptance facility search page. Federal officials
recommend that people apply by mail rather than in