How Long Will It Take to Renew My Passport?

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I’m cheap so on March 5 when I mailed my old passport to Philadelphia to be renewed, I didn’t pop for the $60 expediting fee. Just paid the $75 renewal fee–taking a chance that I wouldn’t get the thing back in time to leave the country in April or May. I’d heard horror stories about a 3-month backlog.

Well it came back yesterday, March 18. Under two weeks. FYI.

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  1. neocognitism
    March 20, 2008, 1:15 am

    Yeah, I had a similar experience.

    My theory is that all of the various agency heads that are political appointees have been spending most of their work hours helping out with the backlog at the Passport office. It makes sense, since making decisions based on political expediency rather than sound science and logic takes much less effort and time.

  2. LeaNder
    March 20, 2008, 7:31 am

    Hmmm, category woolgathering! Somehow all these really interesting miniatures-of-life escaped me so far.

  3. LeaNder
    March 20, 2008, 7:32 am

    Hmmm, category woolgathering! Somehow all these really interesting miniatures-of-life escaped me so far.

  4. LeaNder
    March 20, 2008, 7:32 am

    Hmmm, category woolgathering! Somehow all these really interesting miniatures-of-life escaped me so far.

  5. paul malfara
    March 20, 2008, 9:04 am

    Phil,

    I renewed my American passport without paying any expediting fee, and I also had it in less than two weeks…

    and I live in Taiwan.

    PM

  6. bondo
    March 20, 2008, 4:39 pm

    doesn't take long. hired lots of illegals to process passports.

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