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Great News! US Passport Processing Enters Phase 1 Tomorrow – What This Means for Passport Applications

Written by Charlie

Great news for all Americans waiting for new passports! Several passport agencies and centers are opening in Phase 1 tomorrow – find out what this means for your application.

I just wrote yesterday about the huge backlog of passports and what the State Department had said about processing them. Well, they just released information that tomorrow, June 11, several processing centers and agencies will start with Phase 1.

US Passport Centers Opening in Phase 1

Remember, there are three separate phases for the reopening of US passport agencies and offices. This Phase 1 is based on local recommendations for people being able to go back to work and it includes the following Passport Agencies and Centers:

What Does This Mean for Your Passport Application?

They will begin working on passport applications in a first in-first out basis. So, if you had sent your application in during the first part of March, you could likely receive your passport before too long.

Can You Visit a Passport Agency for a New Passport or Expedited Passport?

But, this reopening does not mean that you can go to one of these centers for an expedited passport. Appointments for such passports are still only for those with documents life-and-death situations in a 72 hour timeframe.

Here is the rest of the information:

During Phase 1, limited staff are returning to work at these agencies and centers, allowing us to resume limited processing of applications we have already received. Applications will be processed on a first in, first out basis. We will continue to prioritize services for customers with life-or-death emergencies.

Customers who seek to apply at one of our agencies or centers must have an appointment due to a life-or-death emergency requiring international travel within 72 hours. Customers with appointments must wear cloth face coverings in all common areas, including our lobbies, and observe strict social distancing. 

Customers may still apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail, but should expect significant delays in receiving their passports and important documents. Contact your local acceptance facility to confirm if it is open or closed. During Phase 1, we will continue to recommend customers wait to submit new or renewal applications as delays will continue.

For more information on our current operating status and our plans to resume operations at our passport agencies and centers, please go to our COVID-19 Update page.

Bottom Line

With 1.6 million passport applications currently awaiting processing, this is great news for all of those people waiting. While it will still likely take a couple of months to clear all the backlog, it is starting tomorrow!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • Hi Charlie,

    I sent my passport renewal application by mail to the National Passport Processing Center in Irving, TX. They acknowledged receiving and starting to process it on Feb 25, 2020. I requested routine service which is 6-8 weeks. With the slow resumption of passport services, I would like to know when they are planning on reopening the National Passport Processing Center in Irving, TX. I didn’t see that on the list of passport offices they opened in Phase 1. I had to mail my application to Irving, TX because I live in California. Please let me know. Thank you!