U.S. passport agencies are not at prepandemic speed.
The current processing time for U.S. passports is 10 to 12 weeks ($60 fee), according to an April 7 update from the U.S. State Department. If you need a passport sooner than that, you can pay an additional $60 ($120 fee total) for expedited service to get it within 4 to 6 weeks.
With the increases in COVID-19 cases and changing local health conditions, agencies and centers are offering extremely limited in-person services. So, if you need to travel internationally in the near future, you need to apply early for your passport.
Prior to the pandemic, the standard processing time for passports was 6 to 8 weeks. Now we are encountering 10 to 12 weeks. Yes, an improvement from last year with several months delay. If it wasn't a life-or-death emergency, forget it.
How to apply for a new passport
You can renew your passport by mail, and you can begin the process online, as long as: . you are in possession of your expired or expiring passport . your passport was issued when you were age 16 or older . it was issued within the past 15 years; and . it was issued to your current name or you have documentation to support a name change
If you want $120 expedited service, you need to send your application by Priority Mail Express with the U.S. Postal Service.