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Part of my job as Library Director is to be a Passport Agent and Facility Manager for the library. And, as such, I’m here to tell you . . . if you are planning or even thinking about any international travel, get your passport application in ASAP. This advice is relevant whether you need a new passport or you have a current passport that will be expiring.
Routine processing, which is what applies to new applications and renewals, is currently taking between 10 and 13 weeks. Expedited processing, which will cost you an extra $60 per passport, is at 7 to 9 weeks. The volume of applications is very high right now, at my library and across the country and I’ve never seen such extended processing times.The cost of a passport is $130 for an adult, $80 for a juvenile (a person 15 and under in these circumstances, and there is a $35 processing fee which goes to the acceptance facility. That fee is not applicable for renewals done within 15 years of the original issued date of the passport. A fun fact is that my library gets to deposit every passport fee into a revolving fund for book purchases.
And one last thing . . . always use the official state department website, travel.state.gov for passport information and questions. There are many 3rd party services which will offer to get your passport for you, they will claim it will be faster, and they will charge you loads of money you don’t need to spend. Any acceptance facility can offer you the same services without extra fees. Leave me any questions about all of this in the comments. It feels complicated but it’s really quite straightforward and I’m glad to help if I can.