Passport Delays Running As Long As Six Months

Apply at least 6 months ahead of travel, says State Department

  • Americans applied for U.S. passports in record volume in 2023 and passport processing delays are lengthy as a result.
  • The State Department recommends applying for a passport at least six months ahead of travel or passport expiration.
  • A routine passport now takes 10 to 13 weeks to process, plus another month for mailing.
  • There are some ways to get your passport faster, however.
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