Processing times for U.S. passports are ticking up again, according to the most recent time frames posted on the U.S. State Department website.

Key Points:

  • The State Department is advising applicants to apply at least four to six months before planned travel.
  • Routine services can take eight to 11 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day the new passport is received.
  • Expedited services can take five to seven 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 found on the Passport Agency and Center page.

Additional Information: Processing times do not begin the day an application is mailed but rather 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.” Some applications may be further delayed because the State Department requests additional information. Applicants must respond to such requests in order for processing to resume. 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 reduce the chances of travel delays and complications. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.

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