Update: The Time It Now Takes To Get A U.S. Passport Or Global Entry

by SharonKurheg

Last July, I wrote a piece about how the government has just quietly tripled how long it would take to get a passport.

About six months have passed and although I knew the same issues that were besieging the State Department in July are still problems now, I was trying to be an optimist and hoped the wait time has decreased.

Here’s how they’re doing.

The wait time hasn’t decreased. In fact, depending on where you look, it looks like it may have gone up a bit.

According to Travel.State.Gov

Their documented wait times are exactly the same as they were in July. 6-8 weeks for routine, 2-3 weeks for expedited service and 8 business days if it’s expedited at an agency (not including mailing time).

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According to Passport Waiting Time

Passport Waiting Time is a private entity that uses crowdsourced information to report the average length of time it takes for U.S. citizens to get their passports.

6 months ago:

Most recent entry:

29 days (now) as opposed to 22 days (6 months ago) for first-timers, 23 days (now) vs. 19 days (6 months ago) for renewals. Well, isn’t that special?

But hey, at least it’s better than what the government says it’ll be. I guess they’re taking a page from the theme park handbook: “Quote a longer time than you think it’s going to be and if it’s shorter, people will be happy.”

What about Global Entry?

Oh, it’s still very much a mess. The Department of Homeland Security is still blaming the government shutdown (which happened, hello, A YEAR AGO!) for their problems and is recommending that applicants for Global Entry (GE), “should expect significant delays in application processing times and limited appointment availability at TTP enrollment centers.” And that, “conditionally approved GE members should seek to complete their GE interviews without an appointment upon arrival from an international flight at any of the 49 airports participating in CBP’s Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) program.”

So yeah…just show up and maybe we can see you. If we can’t, too bad, so sad. And if you’re arriving at a U.S. international airport that isn’t one of the 49 that are participating in the program, oh well {shrug} (actually if you go to this page the U.S. Customs & Border Protection website, they do have a page where you can schedule an appointment. It might be in a few days, a few weeks or a few months, depending on location).

But hey, at least if you already have Global Entry and are just renewing, they’re giving you a one year grace period. You know, to help them catch up. #rolleyes

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Ben January 10, 2020 - 9:29 am

The other issue is that the Trump administration has shifted CBP resources to the Southern border, and CBP has pulled staff from the Global Entry enrollment centers for it.


SharonKurheg January 10, 2020 - 9:37 am

Thanks for that update! We already covered that in our original post 6 months ago – I think there was a link to it in this post? Anyway, for this one we didn’t focus on the reasoning; mainly just the numbers 😉

Mark January 10, 2020 - 10:01 am

I expedited my passport renewal 7 months ago and it took less than 2 weeks. Sure it was an extra fee, but it was totally worth it. after I was conditionally approved for Global Entry last year I had an int’l trip planned. So I arrived, at 4:40am and without an appointment I saw a customs officer. I got my approval and now I don’t have to deal with Global Entry for another 5 years and I don’t have to deal with passport renewal for 9½.

Bill G January 10, 2020 - 10:25 pm

“Last July, I wrote a piece about how the TSA has just quietly tripled how long it would take to get a passport.”

Huh? The TSA has nothing to do with getting a passport.

SharonKurheg January 10, 2020 - 10:44 pm

You’re right; my bad. All fixed now.

JeanMarie January 11, 2020 - 7:32 am

We had an appointment to get global entry, it was canceled due to all the agents being pulled to the border , lost our $100 fee because they were not able to reschedule our appointment within the year !


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