The US State Department just entered Phase Two of their three phase plan to restart the issuance of passports around the US. This means that they will be able to process the backlog of passports even faster and it could mean that Phase Three for some agencies is not far away.
Some US Passport Agencies Enter Phase Two
Here is a graphic from the US State Department outlining what the three phases of passport services will look like.
As you can see, Phase Two is largely an expansion of the processing of passports for Phase One. The passport agencies have been gradually ramping up the processing of the backlog of passports, reaching almost 1/4 million passports processed just last week! But, it does mean that these four agencies below (which have already been opened) will begin to have more staff return. This means faster processing time.
Also, Phase Two no longer lists that it is better to wait to submit, meaning that the turnaround time should not be very unlike what it would typically be in the summer months.
Here are the four agencies that have have entered Phase Two as of yesterday (July 6). Note that this does not mean you can make an appointment for a non-emergency situation just yet!
You will notice that these agencies are all in the Northeast so if you are someone with a life-and-death emergency, one of these agencies are now available for you.