U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) urged New Jerseyans to plan ahead for passport renewals in the face of longer-than-usual processing times.
As mid-year high travel season approaches, passport renewal applications tend to increase dramatically. Because of these seasonal increases in applications, processing times are taking about two weeks longer on average. Applicants can expect 8-11 weeks for a routine renewal and 5-7 weeks for expedited renewals, which cost an additional $60. Processing times begin the day an application is received by the passport agency or center.
“If your passport expiration date is less than a year away, I encourage you to apply now for renewal whether or not you have travel plans,” Booker said. “Having a new passport in hand will not only help you avoid the stressful wait before an upcoming trip, it is an important precaution in the event of a travel emergency.”
In the spring and summer of 2022, national passport agencies experienced exponential increases in passport renewal applications for travelers who had not renewed their passports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The sudden surge in applications caused major delays to processing times and even disrupted many trips and family vacations,” Booker said.
Visit travel.state.gov/ to begin your application.
- Check your passport expiration date. If it is expiring within a year, consider renewal whether or not you have upcoming travel planned.
- Have a valid passport before you make unalterable travel plans. Learn about the entry and exit requirements for the country or countries to which you are traveling here.
- Avoid unnecessary delays in your application by making sure your photo meets all the photo requirements listed on the travel.state.gov website.
- Consider using traceable mail when mailing your application so you can track it before it is received by the passport agency or center.
- Track your application status at passportstatus.state.gov and sign up for email updates.
If you have an adult passport, you can renew online. You must have a perfect passport photo, ie on a white background, no hair over your eyes, etc. That picture can be uploaded. (I had mine taken in the photo store, Which the stored emailed to me.) You don’t have to mail in the old passport, but once you apply, it does lose validity. Details can be found on the government’s passport website.
Instead of trying to fix the problem, the solution is to apply sooner.
unfortunately online renewal is temporarily closed, as of Feb 7. Lucky you if you renewed before feb 7. According to their website, they hope to reopen online renewal later this year.
That’s for people who go to other countries
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