State Department Announces Passport Processing Returns to Normal

The 6-8 weeks timeline for routine service has been reattained after pandemic backlogs.

The State Department announced that passport processing times have returned to their normal 6-8 week window, with 2-3 weeks for those who pay extra for expedited service. The wait times for passports had become so long in the past three years that legislators in Congress were hearing from their constituents about the ”unacceptably“ long delays.

Congress addressed passport demand with the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—granting direct hiring authority for up to 80 passport and visa employees. The legislation also mandates quarterly reports on passport wait times and would require the State Department to launch online chat capabilities for applicant inquiries.

The State Department processed a record 24 million passport books and cards in fiscal year 2023. The department plans a full online passport renewal platform in the near future.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For State Department personnel as they seek to roll out an online passport renewal program.
  • For Secretary Blinken to be directed by the Lord as he oversees the State Department.
  • For God’s guidance to U.S. ambassadors and diplomats as they meet with foreign ministers and dignitaries.

Sources: State Department, Federal News Network

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