*This post was updated Jun 10th, 2019.

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 6-8 weeks. Make sure you plan ahead if you need to get your passport for an upcoming trip.

Passport Processing Method Processing Time
Routine 6-8 weeks
Expedited at Post Office 2-3 weeks
Expedited at Agency 8 Business Days
Expedited through RushMyPassport.com 1 Business Day

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 6-8 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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