Home

U.S. Passports Are Taking Longer To Process, State Department Says

By Parker Diakite

Share

If you have applied for a new passport or are renewing an old one, you may find that processing times are taking longer than usual.

Before May 31, processing times for a passport took on average four to six weeks from the time you submitted an application.

During peak season for passport applications, which runs from January to August, processing times have increased to six to eight weeks.

According to the Washington Post, more than 21 million passports and passport cards were issued between 2017 and 2018. In the fiscal year 2018, 137.5 million citizens had valid passports, representing a growth of almost 100 percent over the past decade.

The Department of State is anticipating an increase in 2019, with an estimated 18.6 million passport applications.

“To address high passport workload levels this summer, the Department is leveraging all available resources to ensure processing times do not rise further and they return to lower levels by September,” a Department of State spokesperson told the Washington Post.


Leveraging includes temporarily assigning employees to assist with increased demands, setting up two satellite passport units with employees from other parts of the department, and mandatory overtime.

This means that those of you who are planning on applying for or renewing a passport this summer should knock it off your to-do-list to avoid any interruptions with your trip.

If you’re on a tight deadline, expedited processing is still available for an additional $60 dollars.  You can expect to get your passport in two to three weeks instead.

For an even faster turnaround, a visit to a passport agency center is required. 

Most countries require a few a blank pages in the back of your passport and your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates to avoid being denied entry at your destination.

Share
Travel Noire

Parker Diakite

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Meet The Group That’s Coordinating ‘Birthright Trips’ To Africa

Meet The Group That’s Coordinating ‘Birthright Trips’ To Africa

This year’s 400th year anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in America has sparked an interest in ancestral tourism with people from the United States, Caribbean, and Europe seeking to explore their West African roots. Tourism in Ghana has nearly doubled this year alone after the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the “Year of […]

Parker Diakite

Nipsey’s Around The World: This St. Louis Woman Feeds 100 Kids In Her Neighborhood Everyday

Nipsey’s Around The World: This St. Louis Woman Feeds 100 Kids In Her Neighborhood Everyday

There are still great people in this world. St. Louis resident, Champale Anderson is living proof of this. As a mother of 6, she understands that it can be hard for families to feed children as they grow. Therefore, she began purchasing food and snacks, from her own money, to prepare 100 bag lunches daily […]

DeAnna Taylor

Unruly Passengers Are On The Rise & Here’s How They Get Away With It

Unruly Passengers Are On The Rise & Here’s How They Get Away With It

The number of disruptive passengers is increasing in the friendly skies, according to a report from the International Air Transport Association. The numbers, which were released back in 2017,  revealed that there is at least one unruly passenger for every 1,053 flights compared to the incident rate of one incident every 1,424 flights. IATA categorizes […]

Parker Diakite