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Passports Should Start Processing Faster Now. Here’s Why

by SharonKurheg

We wrote last month that fourteen passport processing centers reopened on June 15.

The Dep’t of State said that processing will begin this summer, and they plan to gradually reopen in three phases:

  • Phase 1 will begin processing the backlog of passports and will include a limited number of employees who will focus on life-or-death emergencies
  • Phase 2 will have the majority of employees coming back to work to process applications on a “first come, first served” basis
  • Phase 3 will have all remaining employees returning to work, and then the agency will begin to once again offer expedited processing.

Each passport agency and center will open on a different date based on local conditions, and they will follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for safe reopening.

By June 19th, 15 passport agencies were in Phase 1. By June 26th, 16 of them were on board, still all in Phase 1.

Here’s how many they’ve processed each week:

Week (Thursday-Wednesday) Applications Received Passports Awaiting Issuance Passports Issued
This Week (June 25-July 1) 133,000 1.51 million 236,000
Last Week (June 18-24) 134,000 1.61 million 187,000
2 Weeks Ago (June 11-17) 120,000 1.72 million 154,000

But here’s some really good news!

As of Monday, July 6, they still have 16 of their 26 agencies open, but a total of 12 passport agencies and centers are in Phase 1 and four agencies and centers are now in Phase 2!

Remember, Phase 2 means that the majority of employees at that agency or center are back to work to process applications. Granted, it doesn’t mean the agency is back up to full speed as a whole. But it’s a definite another step forward and the more people working, the faster those 1.51 million backlogged passports will finally get done.

The Dep’t of State updates how many passports it’s processed on a weekly basis, on Thursdays. I guess it’ll be interesting to see how much of a jump there are in how many they’ve issued, come this Thursday.

Here’s the status of each application center and agency:

As you can see, the ones that are still closed are in “hot spot” states….Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. Makes sense. If everyone wears masks and social distances, so numbers of coronavirus went down, I’d think those centers could open, too. Just sayin’. 😉

#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands #wearamask

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

3 comments

Fathiss July 7, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Do you know if the passports sent to a Houston are being processed at other sites or await the Houston center to open before they process.

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SharonKurheg July 7, 2020 - 3:20 pm

I don’t know. Sorry.

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www.Fashion3K.com July 7, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Looks like soon the passport office’s may close down due to the spike in Covid cases.
Cheers

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