Ahead of summer travel, State Department seeing ‘unprecedented demand’ for passports

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Ahead of summer travel, State Department seeing ‘unprecedented demand’ for passports

If you’re looking ahead to summer travel plans, you may want to check the status of your passport. Whether you’re headed on a cruise or jetting off to London with the new direct flight out of CVG, summer travel is expected to be busy and with it comes delays in the process of obtaining a passport. In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the State Department was facing “unprecedented demand,” causing major delays for people obtaining first-time and renewed passports. The department reported it was receiving “500,000 applications a week for passports,” which is a 30-40% increase from the previous year. The State Department put out this Twitter Q and A thread letting people know that the department has added staff and phone lines to help with the flow of people trying to update, renew or obtain information about their passports. The State Department announced that the wait time for routine applications for passports has increased to 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications are now potentially taking up to nine weeks. “Don’t delay,” AAA Retails Sales Associate Scott Fawbush said. “As soon as you know that you’re going to be traveling somewhere. It’s best to get the process started so that you would not have to unfortunately cancel a trip due to lack of proper documentation.” Those looking to renew their passports must do so by mail as the State Department’s online renewal system is currently on pause and not accepting any more new applications due to problems and demand. AAA offers passport photo services for members and nonmembers. It also offers its Rush My Passport service allowing people different levels of expedited shipping, including an emergency one-week service that costs $799 plus government fees. Bottom line, renewing your passport long before your passport expires or before your trip leaves can save you time. , money and sanity.

If you’re looking ahead to summer travel plans, you may want to check the status of your passport.

Whether you’re headed on a cruise or jetting off to London with the new direct flight out of CVG, summer travel is expected to be busy and with it comes delays in the process of obtaining a passport.

In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the State Department was facing “unprecedented demand,” causing major delays for people obtaining first-time and renewed passports. The department reported it was receiving “500,000 applications a week for passports,” which is a 30–40% increase from the previous year.

The State Department put out this Twitter Q and A thread letting people know that the department has added staff and phone lines to help with the flow of people trying to update, renew or obtain information about their passports.

The State Department announced that the wait time for routine applications for passports has increased to 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications are now potentially taking up to nine weeks.

“Don’t delay,” said AAA Retails Sales Associate Scott Fawbush. “As soon as you know that you’re going to be traveling somewhere. It’s best to get the process started so that you would not have to unfortunately cancel a trip due to lack of proper documentation.”

Those looking to renew their passports must do so by mail as the State Department’s online renewal system is currently on pause and not accepting any more new applications due to problems and demand.

AAA offers passport photo services for members and nonmembers. It also offers its Rush My Passport service allowing people different levels of expedited shipping, including an emergency one-week service that costs $799 plus government fees.

Bottom line, renewing your passport long before your passport expires or before your trip leaves can save you time, money and sanity.

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