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Passport Processing Backlogged; Anxious Americans, Eager To Travel, Overwhelm Fed System

Airport agent handing a passport and flight tickets to a passenger Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR
Airport agent handing a passport and flight tickets to a passenger Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR

If you need a passport to head out on vacation, be prepared to wait. Applications are taking 12 to 18 weeks to process.

 

There are 2 million applications waiting to be processed.

 

Best thing to do is apply by mail.

 

If you show up in person to apply for a passport, it could take even longer.

 

Large numbers of people travelling following government lockdowns of more than one year, have caused backlogs for the State Department which handles passport applications.

 

Best thing to do, as in anything in life, plan ahead.

 

Give yourself several months leeway to get a passport, prior to your vacation.

 

Airport agent handing a passport and flight tickets to a passenger

Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR


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