The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has just announced that they will be holding special passport acceptance fairs for first time applicants and children. Check the department’s list of upcoming events here throughout March and April of 2022 to see if there are any events in your local area. New events are being added to the list weekly.
When applying in person for a first time passport, be sure to bring:
- Filled out Form DS-11
- Provide Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
- Bring a Photocopy of U.S. Citizenship Evidence
- Present ID
- Bring a Photocopy of ID
- Determine any Special Circumstances
- Provide a Photo
- Bring Appropriate Payment for Fees
If you just need to renew your passport, adults with 10-year passports can renew by mail instead of appearing in person.
What is the Current U.S. Passport Processing Time?
As of March 2022, the routine processing time for passport applications is between 8 to 11 weeks. Expedited orders cost an additional fee of $60 and take 5 to 7 weeks. Please note that processing times begin the day that your application is received at the passport agency or center, not the day that you apply.
If you need a passport urgently, you will need to call the department to make an appointment at a local agency. Acceptance facilities do not offer appointments for urgent travel in less than 5 weeks. More information regarding urgent passport matters can be found here.
As a reminder, if you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may still be able to use your expired passport to return to the United States through March 21, 2022. You can check qualifications for this on the International Travel section of the department’s website.
Passport fairs are a great way for you and your family to apply for a U.S. passport without the need for an appointment, which is very convenient for those who struggle to find time to schedule passport appointments ahead of time. Check the U.S. Department of State’s website to find a passport fair near you today, and check back regularly for newly added fair dates and locations.