Here we go – another Thursday, another US passport update from the State Department! This week, there was, again, an incremental increase in the number of passports processed vs the number of passports that came in. But, they shared some other metrics that give us an even better idea of where they are at.
US Passport Update for This Week
Remember, they are processing them a first come/first out basis. To understand how the whole passport processing is accomplished (as well as where your passport is sent), check out this post for a cool infographic to break it all down.
Here is how the State Department did in the last week, as well as the two previous weeks:
|Week (Thursday-Wednesday)||Applications Received||Passports Awaiting Issuance**||Passports Issued*|
|This Week (Sep 10-Sep 16)||143,000||931,000||149,000|
|Last Week (Sep 3-Sep 9)||110,000||944,000||129,000|
|2 Weeks Ago (Aug 27-Sep 2)||151,000||919,000||168,000|
If you want to see previous weeks’ numbers, check out this tag (I don’t want to put them all in here from the last couple of months to give too much data in these posts).
Why the Slow Down?
As you can see, they only gained a net positive of 6,000 passports this week, compared to 19,000 passports last week (which was a down week due to Labor Day). They do have a note each week, lately, that says this:
The number of passports issued can vary due to many factors such as staffing levels and local conditions which may require an agency to temporarily close.
I am taking this to mean that they are not actually announcing when a passport center/agency temporarily closes at this point though the local authorities may decide that businesses/offices should go with reduced workers or close here and there. That could be why there are lower numbers.
As you can see also, we are up 12,000 more passports awaiting issuance than we were two weeks ago. To be honest, the numbers do not make sense. Since two weeks ago, they have not had a negative issuance week (more passports coming in than going out) so I am wondering if this might include some passports that do not come through the regular avenues – life-and-death passports, diplomatic passports, passport renewals through embassies, etc.
At any rate, there are the numbers!
What Month Are They Through?
The good news is that they are now done completely with applications received in March and 99% done with those received in April, May, and June. That is an increase of 2% since last week so next week, they should be completely caught up through July. Good news, indeed, for those that submitted after the offices started opening up again!
What Are the Three Phases of Passport Operations?
Getting Your Passport Status and Update
Here is what you need to do, per the US State Department:
You will receive an email when your passport is 1) In Process: your application is being reviewed at a passport agency or center, 2) Approved: your application has been approved and will be printed, and 3) Mailed.
If you receive a status update of Not Found, your application is still in transit to one of our agencies and centers or we are experiencing a temporary, technical issue with our Online Passport Status System.