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Old Nov 7, 18, 9:31 pm
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Nov 9 - Mailed renewal standard first class mail.
Nov 13 - Email advising me they received it.
Nov 20 - Email advising it’s on its way approx delivery date Nov 26.
Nov 23 - Received passport

I guess November really is the best month to renew. Exactly two weeks from date of mailing.

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Old Nov 13, 18, 2:09 pm
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Ours were equally as fast for a first time applicant:

10/23 - Applied at the local passport acceptance agency
10/30 - Passport status trackable online
11/4 - Passports printed and shipped
11/7 - Passports and official documents we had to send in arrive.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 3:36 pm
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2 weeks for non-expedited

7 November: appt at local acceptance agency for first over age 16 passport

14 November: check clears

19 November: online says expected delivery 25 November

21 November: arrives in mail

no emails ever received

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Old Nov 23, 18, 8:30 pm
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good to know it's quick right now. do you have to ask for your old passport back or is it returned by default?
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Old Nov 23, 18, 9:07 pm
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It tends always to be quick if you apply when it's not the case that everyone else is applying at the same time, for instance in anticipation of a high season (summer) vacation abroad or just after there are rule changes, such as needing a passport for (all) travel to Canada.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 5:27 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
It tends always to be quick if you apply when it's not the case that everyone else is applying at the same time, for instance in anticipation of a high season (summer) vacation abroad or just after there are rule changes, such as needing a passport for (all) travel to Canada.
Anyway I try to slice and dice it, the passports generally come back faster under the current President's Admin than they used to under any of the prior 3 Presidents.

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good to know it's quick right now. do you have to ask for your old passport back or is it returned by default?
They are returned as part of the default. Maybe one day this will change with "security" being the excuse again too, but for now they are returned by default for the average US citizen.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 3:31 pm
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Hi from which state did you apply? Is there a difference in processing times accordid

Originally Posted by tom_MN View Post
7 November: appt at local acceptance agency for first over age 16 passport

14 November: check clears

19 November: online says expected delivery 25 November

21 November: arrives in mail

no emails ever received
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Old Nov 27, 18, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Razan Subahi View Post

I don't think the state matters if you apply through the main USA central passport processing place. However, I would certainly expect the local passport offices in major cities to offer differing experiences for in person and expedited or even same day services.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by tom_MN View Post
7 November: appt at local acceptance agency for first over age 16 passport
14 November: check clears
19 November: online says expected delivery 25 November
21 November: arrives in mail

no emails ever received
From your description, it is not clear whether you signed up for email notifications or not. Simply providing your email on DS-82 is not enough to receive email updates on your passport renewal status.
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Old Dec 2, 18, 1:37 am
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Passport application took around 5 weeks for a new born. Experienced significant delays when I entered 0000 in the SSN field as his SSN hadn't arrived by the time I applied. Be aware that they either expect you to sign the form or provide a valid SSN.
Timeline -
10/26 - Applied at a passport acceptance agency
11/1 - Application became trackable in the system
11/7 - received an email notification to respond with the SSN or sign the form
11/12 - Response received
11/15 - processing restarted
11/30 - Passport printed - tracking no. provided
12/1 - 12/3 expected date of delivery.

Still happy to receive it before our intended date of travel - 12/15. Was thinking of going the agency route.
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Old Dec 3, 18, 5:43 am
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Originally Posted by Passportwait View Post
Passport application took around 5 weeks for a new born. Experienced significant delays when I entered 0000 in the SSN field as his SSN hadn't arrived by the time I applied. Be aware that they either expect you to sign the form or provide a valid SSN.
Timeline -
10/26 - Applied at a passport acceptance agency
11/1 - Application became trackable in the system
11/7 - received an email notification to respond with the SSN or sign the form
11/12 - Response received
11/15 - processing restarted
11/30 - Passport printed - tracking no. provided
12/1 - 12/3 expected date of delivery.

Still happy to receive it before our intended date of travel - 12/15. Was thinking of going the agency route.
I see a lot of US passport applications submitted and processed with 0000 in the SSN field, and I've noticed no delays because of that. While there are now requests for a supplemental form/letter to be signed and submitted by applicant (or person applying on behalf of a US citizen unable to sign for themselves) to avow that the passport applicant has never received a SSN, that doesn't really delay things either if done at the time of application.

My suggestion is not to apply for a SSN during the time while applying for or awaiting for a US passport for an infant, unless there is an urgent need for the SSN to be had in that window.
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Old Dec 4, 18, 9:09 am
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From your description, it is not clear whether you signed up for email notifications or not.
No, did not register, and never saw a way to do so.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 9:48 am
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Routine processing speed
11/20 Applied in person at passport acceptance agency.
11/21–11/26 Could track online one of these days. Not sure which day it was I checked.
11/27 Email arrived stating application was being processed, accompanied by application locator number.
11/28 Payment cheque cleared with my bank.
12/6 Received email stating that my my passport had been printed and was en route. Was told to expect it by 12/12.
12/8 Passport arrives.

Total elapsed time from application submission to passport‐in‐hand: 18 days

My application required changing personal information, which is why I applied at an acceptance agency. Not sure if this delayed processing time or not.

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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by Vola View Post
11/21–11/26 Could track online. Not sure which day it was I checked initially.
You mean you could NOT track online until the 27th, correct?
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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:00 am
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Routine processing takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete while expedited service takes 2 to 3. Considering that it's peak travel season, processing MAY take longer than usual.
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