When waiting to receive your passport, it can feel like a lifetime for it to arrive. From applying for your passport to mailing in your documents and then waiting for your passport to be processed – we get it! The entire process can seem long. If you’re wondering why it can sometimes take weeks for your passport to go through the whole process, here’s what you need to know about why it can take so long to get a passport:
How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?
Pre-pandemic, normal passport processing times would take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, current passport processing times change frequently. As of September 16, 2021, Swift is currently offering one passport processing option for new passports and two passport processing options for passport renewals.
If you’re interested in obtaining a new passport, Swift can obtain your passport in 7-10 business days. It’s important to note that this service is limited and we are only able to take appointments for the service on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you’re looking to get your passport renewed, we have a 4-12 week expedited option, as well as a 7-10 business day option. Please call ahead if you’re interested in our 7-10 business day option.
Current Passport Processing Times
Information Updated March 22, 2023:
Current passport processing times are 8-11 weeks for routine service through the US Passport Agency or you may pay a fee to have your passport expedited which takes 5-7 weeks.
Swift also offers expedited passport services for travelers. We have options that range from 3-4 business days to 4-6 weeks.
Information Reported September 2021: Current passport application times are slower than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the current processing times for both new passports and passport renewals:
New Passport Processing Time Options
- 7-10 business days. It’s important to note that this service is limited, and we can only take appointments for the service on a first-come-first-served basis.
Passport Renewal Processing Time Options
- 4-12 weeks
- 7-10 business days. Please call ahead if you’re interested in this option.
Can You Avoid Long Passport Processing Times?
As of September 16, 2021, routine passport processing times can take up to 18 weeks if you try and obtain your passport through the government. This is due to the number of passports that are backlogged.
Luckily, you can avoid long passport processing times if you choose Swift to obtain your passport. We can help you get a new passport in 7-10 business days and a passport renewal in as little as 7-10 business days. Contact us today if you’re interested in beginning the process of obtaining your new or renewed passport.
How Long Does an Expedited Passport Take?
Swift can obtain your new passport in 7-10 business days. This service is limited, and we are only able to take appointments on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need a passport renewal, you have the choice of our 4-12 week option, as well as a 7-10 business day option. Please call ahead if you’re interested in our 7-10 business day option.
If you have any questions about obtaining your new passport or passport renewal right now, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our knowledgeable team members would be happy to help! If you’re ready to get the passport process started, you can do so on the Swift website. Please complete the contact form below if you have additional questions. Happy travels!