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WhatThe U.S. Department of State’s passport agencies have increased the processing time for passport applications. Formerly four to six weeks, the service will now take six to eight weeks.
Why It MattersTravel advisors would do well to inform clients of the 50 percent increase in routine processing time, particularly if they are traveling internationally for the first time or are due for passport renewal. An expedited processing service of two to three weeks is available for an additional $60 fee. (Note: Both the routine and expedited processing times include mailing time.)
The DetailsU.S. Department of Statewww.travel.state.gov