Current U.S. Passport Processing Times and My Experience

My oldest son’s passport was set to expire next year, and we had to strategically plan his passport renewal between two international trips. Luckily, his passport came back faster than we anticipated.

The U.S. Department of State website says that processing time is 5-7 weeks with the expedited surcharge and 8-11 weeks for routine processing.

My son had to go in-person to our local library since this is his first passport as an adult. He paid for the routine processing time, not expedited. His appointment was on July 31, and we just received his passport yesterday. It took 4 weeks and 2 days. Not too shabby! (Especially compared to the 18-week processing time during the pandemic.)

If you’re waiting to get your passport renewed, don’t count on it being processed faster than the website says. This was just our experience. Allow yourself plenty of time so that you don’t have to stress over your passport’s arrival before your trip. In addition, check your passport expiration dates now. Many countries require an expiration date of 6 months past your trip.

Who has renewed a passport recently, and what was your timeline?

Photo by Nareeta Martin on Unsplash

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