State Department Says Passport Waits Top Three Months

Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports.

The State Department said this week that the wait for a passport is now between 12 weeks and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. That's because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic that caused extreme disruptions to the process at domestic issuance facilities and overseas embassies and consulates.

A department official says a backlog of 1.5 million to 2 million passport requests means that applications submitted now probably will not be processed until the fall.