Editor’s note: This post is continually updated.
With Fourth of July travel behind us, we’re looking ahead to the rest of summer and beyond.
If you are heading abroad during the remainder of this summer or in the fall, the U.S. Department of State advises travelers to renew their U.S. passport a minimum of six months in advance.
As of July, current passport processing times are the same as they were in March — 10 to 13 weeks for routine service and seven to nine for expedited, not including processing and mailing times.
If you’ve already applied, we encourage as much patience as possible, but you can always check the status of your passport online for updates.
How to check your passport application status online
Once you apply for your passport, it’ll take seven to 10 business days for your application to be trackable online via the online passport status system.
From there, enter your last name, date of birth, Social Security number and security code.
Before that time frame, the only updates you will see are either “Not Found,” which means it is in transit to a passport agency, or “In Process,” which means it is with the U.S. State Department and will be reviewed by staff.
Additionally, you can provide your email address to receive automatic email updates on your passport status.
How to check your passport application status via phone
An alternative to the online tool, you can also inquire about your passport status via phone by calling the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 (or 888-874-7793 if you’re hard of hearing).
Phone hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.
Current processing times
As mentioned, both new applicants and those renewing can expect to receive their passports within 10 to 13 weeks for routine service, costing $130. For more immediate travel, the U.S. Department of State provides the option for expedited service within seven to nine weeks for an additional $60.
Note those time frames do not include mailing times, so be sure to factor in an additional two weeks for applications to arrive by mail at a passport agency or center and up to two weeks for an applicant to receive a completed passport in the mail.
In addition to processing times, remember that many countries, including most of Europe, require your passport to be valid for at least six months at the time of entry, so factor that into when you plan to submit your passport application.
As of July, online passport renewal is currently unavailable, though the U.S. Department of State expects to roll that out later this year.
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Additional reporting by Mimi Wright and Samantha Rosen.