Processing Times: Save $60 by applying now for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks.*
If you need your passport in less than 10-12 weeks due to international travel plans, you can pay an additional $60 fee to expedite your passport. If you plan to expedite your application, send your application using USPS’ Priority Mail Express. Expect to receive a passport in 4-6 weeks when applying for expedited service.
These processing times apply to applications submitted by mail and in-person at an acceptance facility in your community. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries are open and accepting passport applications. Apply by mail when possible because it is a safe, contactless option for certain services.
Status Updates: It may take up to 4 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process.” During these 4 weeks, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is scanned and sent to us. If your passport status update says “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.
Apply Early: Because of changing local COVID-19 rates and restrictions, we have an extremely limited number of appointments for in-person service if you are traveling in the next 72 hours (3 business days). Visit our Passport Agency and Center page to learn more.
Use Self-Service Tools Online: Our call center is experiencing extremely high call volumes with longer-than-usual wait times. You can get your questions answered immediately by using one of the self-service tools available on our site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*If you applied for routine service more than 12 weeks ago and have not received your passport yet, we may have sent you a letter requesting additional information to continue processing your application. Please respond to this letter.