Well, you have to consider who you're dealing with. Even in the best of times you should allow a year for a new one or renewal. Murphy is in permanent residence when dealing with the feds.
I have renewed my passport as has my daughter multiple times and it has never taken over 4 weeks. more often than not we have expedited and had back in 2-3 weeks. Very disappointing! I now have an opportunity to go to Botswana and no passport! Even Zambia or Namibia may be a possibility this fall!
Once all of this is done and over and things are close to being normal people will learn not to wait to get things done that can be done ahead of time.
On my last trip out of the US my passport was still good for the trip plus but I decided to renew it close to a year before it expired.
I have friends who will wait until the last second to do anything. I on the other hand like to get things taken care of and then sit back and watch all the others scrambling around like a bunch of ants who just had their nest disturbed trying to get things done
Yeah, well, hindsight is 20/20 isn't it? If you would have told the forum back in February or early March that it would take many months for a passport renewal you'd have been laughed out of this place. You obviously made a good call renewing early, but many of us who sent in renewals in March had no clue what was coming. I don't see sending in renewals 6 months early as "waiting until the last second".
It amazes me how they have nobody to process these, but evidently have no problem finding someone to process the payments they are recieving
The Philly location has done well by me. I've had one new and one renewal, standard application and no more than four weeks for both.
I received the same today.Got this email yesterday.
Application Status: In Process
Your application is "In Process" which means your form(s) and supporting documents are with the Department of State. We will review your application as our staff return to our agencies and centers as part of our three-phase reopening plan.
At this time, we cannot provide an update on when you will receive your passport and the return of your citizenship documents. We plan to offer normal processing times in phase three of our reopening plan. For more information, read our COVID-19 update.