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Passport processing times are now the longest they’ve ever been. Recently the U.S. Department of State increased the standard passport processing times to 10-12 weeks. Make sure you plan ahead if you need to get your passport for an upcoming trip.

Passport Processing Method Processing Time
Routine 10-12 weeks
Expedited at Post Office 4-6 weeks
Expedited at Agency By Appointment Only
Expedited through Based on Availability

You can view the latest processing times by visiting the U.S. Department of State website.


How long does it take to get a passport? It used to take 4-6 weeks for routine passport processing. However, during a government shutdown or busy travel season, some were reporting passport processing times of up to 10 weeks. Now the U.S. Department of State has increased the processing times to 10-12 weeks. Travelers should plan ahead and apply very early or consider using an expedited processing option.

As we previously reported, the State Department has been expecting a record number of passport applications to come in starting this year.  This flood of applications continues to increase passport processing times.

How to Get a Passport Quickly

What if you can’t wait that long? It’s always best to play it safe and apply well in advance. Still, procrastinators and last-minute travelers take heart: There are ways to “cut in line” and get your passport in a hurry. Here’s how.

Expedited Passports At A Post Office

If you have enough time, you can simply pay the $60.00 expedite fee and use the post office to expedite your application. Here’s how:

  • Pay the extra fee.
  • Write “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the envelope if you’re mailing your application from home. Remember, you can only apply by mail if you’re applying for a passport renewal and meet certain qualifications. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply at a post office or another passport acceptance office.
  • Processing time is listed on the Department of States’s website. Currently, it takes 3 weeks door-to-door.

Expedited Passports at a Passport Agency

If you need your passport more quickly, find the nearest regional passport agency and make an appointment.  There are 28 of these offices scattered around the country; we’ve compiled a directory so you can find the closest location to you. The additional $60 expedite fee still applies.

At a passport agency, you can get your passport in 8 days or less, depending on how urgently you need it.

Currently, you are eligible for a passport agency appointment if you are leaving the country in 14 days or less, or if you need to get a foreign visa within the next month.

Using a Passport Expediting Company

Can’t make it to a passport agency, or just don’t want to deal with the hassle? Get VIP treatment with a passport expediting company like RushMyPassport. We hand carry your application to the Department of State, for processing in as little as one business day with no need to travel to a passport agency.

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