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Key Points

  • The DOS has provided updates on application processing times for routine and urgent travel
  • Application processing times are eight (8) to eleven (11) weeks for routine services
  • Application processing times are five (5) to seven (7) weeks for expedited services
  • Passport agencies and services are still providing urgent appointments


The US Department of State (DOS) has provided updates on delays related to passport services, including expedited and routine services and urgent travel appointments.

What are the Changes?

Through the end of October 2021, the DOS estimated a total processing time of eight (8) to eleven (11) weeks for routine services from the time the application was submitted to the time the applicant received a new passport. For expedited services, the DOS is processing passport applications in approximately five to seven weeks, starting from the date that the DOS received applications, not from the date that the application was mailed.

The DOS also noted that passport agencies and centers are still providing urgent appointments and scheduling in-person appointments, but those appointments cannot be guaranteed.

Looking Ahead

To minimize delays and obtain a passport in time to travel, the DOS encourages people to apply four (4) to six (6) months before they plan to leave.

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