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US Passport Update: How Many Passports Were Issued and 4 Agencies Entered New Phases

Written by Charlie

Here is the latest US passport update, which includes the number of new passports issued, how many are left, and which agencies entered new phases of reopening.

Here is your weekly US passport update! We will take a look at the numbers as well as what passport agencies reopened into Phase One this past week – and one went to Phase Two.

US Passport Update – How Many Were Processed and New Phases

For the week ending September 3, here is what we have for numbers:

Week (Thursday-Wednesday) Applications Received Passports Awaiting Issuance** Passports Issued*
This Week (Aug 27-Sep 3) 151,000 919,000 168,000
Last Week (Aug 20-Aug 26) 165,000 938,000 156,000
2 Weeks Ago (Aug 13-Aug 19) 143,000 923,000 209,000

In some good news, while the numbers are not up to par with numbers from a couple of weeks ago, at least they have gotten better from last week. Plus, they now have the number of waiting passport applications at the lowest number since the coronavirus began.

As the State Department notes, the numbers can fluctuate bases on various factors for the agencies, including local regulations in light of covid-19.

4 Passport Agencies Enter New Phases

In another big step, 3 passport agencies entered Phase One this week, with one center entering Phase Two. This leaves just two passport agencies left in the US that have not reopened – Houston and Miami.

  • National Passport Center – Entered Phase Two
  • San Diego Passport Agency – Entered Phase One
  • Los Angeles Passport Agency – Entered Phase One
  • San Francisco Passport Agency – Entered Phase One

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:

Status updates are available online or by calling us at 1-877-487-2778. You can go to our Online Passport Status System and sign up for automatic email notifications about your passport status.

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. 

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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.