Passport services are beginning to get back to normal following shutdowns of passport agencies due to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. Passport agencies and centers reopened in phases during the past couple of months and currently all facilities are open and accepting passport applications and most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court and libraries are also open and accepting applications which is great news! If you haven’t checked your expiration dates lately, now is a great time – go do it now, we’ll wait!
If you sent your passport in for renewal earlier this year, the State Department says they have finished processing applications received in June and prior months. They are well on their way through applications received in July and some of the passport agencies and centers are already working on applications received in August and September. If you applied before July and have not received your passport yet, they may have sent you a letter requesting additional information to continue processing your application. Please respond to this letter. You can check the status of your passport online or by calling 1-877-487-2778. If you have applied and not yet received your passport, you can call and request to add on the expedited service for an additional fee. We’ve heard some great success stories of people receiving their passports fairly quickly particularly when the expedited service is added.
Here are our best tips for passport renewal or first time application:
Whew! If you have any questions about the passport application process, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help. We know from talking to our clients that they are going to want to get back to traveling as soon as possible. If that’s also you, take some time now to make sure your passport is up to date and has at least a year of validity left so you’re not stuck on the ground instead of jetting away!