The passport application process has been experiencing significant delays in 2021.
According to the U.S. State Department, routine service to get a passport in 2021 is taking up to 16 weeks from the date of submission. While limited expedited services are available, it can still take up to 12 weeks to process a passport application and return. Long wait times are attributed to the department’s continued efforts to recover from the effects of the pandemic, mail delays, and an earlier-than-expected resurgence of international travel.
AAA recommends applying for a U.S. passport at least 6 months or longer before you depart for your trip. Here are some helpful tips to consider before you apply.