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The post office usually takes 4-6 weeks for routine processing but offers expedited service for an additional fee and this speeds up the process to about 2-4 weeks. Remember the post office does not process the actual passport the U.S. Passport Agency does. The post office acts as an acceptance agency then mails your application off to the national passport processing center for processing.
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Many post offices now require a pre arranged appointment for the applicants to even walk in for passport acceptance. The post office moved to this system because they were inundated with passport requests and could not handle the volume. There are only a few walk-in acceptance agencies that will accept you without an appointment, they are usually local county clerks and even some public libraries.
There are many advantages using a registered passport expeditor. One key factor is that you do not need to appear in person at a regional passport agency. So if your time is busy with work, or family this can be a very viable option to choose from. When you use a passport expeditor another key advantage is when the passport application is submitted the applicant usually knows the same or next business day what the status is with the passport application, where with the post office it may take a few weeks to know if the application is approved. If the application is rejected this will delay the process.
- Do not have to appear in person
- Have up to the minute status updates with the passport agency
- Have an advocate for your passport application
Applying for your passport with the post office:
If you need your passport with no urgency, you have the option to apply through a local post office that is registered in your town with the passport agency to provide acceptance of your passport application. Most local post offices now require an appointment to be seen in person and can take from a few days to over a month to be seen, depending on the type of travel season you are in. You can pick up your applications at the local post office or you can download forms from our site so you are prepared when you appear in person. The post office offers two types of processing: routine and expedited. Routine processing can take 4-6 weeks while the expedited service can take 2-3 weeks. Once again you may need an appointment, so plan accordingly. Should you need faster service you have two options. See regional passport agencies and using a private passport expediting service.