Get Your Processing Time

Current Processing Times (applied on or after December 18, 2023)


6 to 8 weeks


2 to 3 weeks


Must make an appointment and have international travel within 14 calendar days

About Our Processing Times

  • Include the time your application is at one of our passport agencies or centers. 
  • You may get your passport on a different date than your family member or friend.
  • Mailing times are not included in processing times. Consider the total time it will take to receive your passport when you are booking travel. 
  • It may take two weeks for your application to get to us, and two weeks for you to get your passport after we mail it. 


Previous Processing Times

I applied between November 6, 2023 and December 17, 2023

Routine: 7 to 10 weeks

Expedited: 3 to 5 weeks

Expedited at Agency: Must have international travel within 14 calendar days

How to Get your Application Status

You can get a status on the day we received your application in our system, or the day we processed your request for expedited service.

Online Passport Status System: Enroll in email updates about your status

Application Status page: Find out the status of your passport application 



Frequently Asked Questions

I need my passport sooner than I thought. What should I do?

Call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) to request expedited service for an extra $60. You may also add a 1-2 delivery service of your completed passport book for an extra $21.36. One-to-two day delivery is not available for passport cards. We only send cards via First Class Mail.



Can I pay for faster delivery and return shipping?

Yes. You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:

  • Delivery to us: Use Priority Mail Express for faster shipping. The price for this service depends where you live.
  • Return to you: Pay $21.36 for 1-2 day delivery. This means you will receive your passport 1-2 days after we send it. Include the fee with your passport fee in your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for fastest return shipping. Do not submit a return envelope to us with postage pre-paid. 

You may receive your passport and the supporting documents in separate mailings. If you are renewing a passport card, we will send it to you via First Class Mail. We do not use 1-2 day delivery services if you only applied for a passport card.


Why do your processing times change?

We change our processing times as demand for passports changes during the year. From late winter into summer, demand for passports is generally higher than other periods of the year. Plan ahead and apply during our slower season from October through December. 



What happens to my processing times if I receive a letter or email requesting more information?

If you receive a letter or email requesting more information to complete your application, respond as soon as possible. If you receive this letter or email, it may take longer to get your passport. Follow the instructions in the letter or email, and go to our Respond to a Letter or Email page for more information.    


I received an email from reminding me to renew my passport. Is this legitimate?

Yes, this is our email and the links in the email will take you to this website. We are emailing customers who have passports expiring in the next year and reminding them to renew. The subject line of the email will be:

  • Act Now - Renew Your U.S. Passport!, or
  • Act Now - Renew Your Child's Passport!


Last Updated: June 28, 2024