The U.S. State Department has provided updated estimates on delays for routine and expedited passport services.

Key Points:

  • The U.S. State Department is advising applicants to apply at least four to six months before planned travel.
  • As of Oct. 8, routine services can take up to 14 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day the new passport is received.
  • Expedited services can take up to 10 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day the applicant receives the new passport.
  • Urgent travel appointments and in-person services at passport agencies or centers cannot be guaranteed. More information on specific passport center’s services can be on the Passport Agency and Center page.

Additional Information: Processing times do not begin the day an application is mailed but when the State Department receives the application. It may take two to four weeks from the day the application is mailed for the status of the application to state “In Process.”

If an application was submitted more than 14 weeks ago for routine service or 10 weeks for expedited service, the Department may have sent a letter requesting more information. Officials cannot continue to process the application until the applicant responds to the letter. More information regarding the request for more information can be found here.

BAL Analysis: U.S. citizens intending to travel abroad and in need of a new passport should renew their passport as soon as possible to avoid delays and complications. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel. BAL attorneys will be speaking at a webinar on “Lifting the Travel Bans, Holiday Travel & Planning: What to Expect in the Coming Months” on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. CDT. Find details and register here.

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