Before visiting a foreign country, you should ensure that all your travel concerns are addressed.

The Department of State has a two-million-application backlog following the COVID-19 pandemic and slowly reopening application facilities. Kansans are having issues receiving their passport on time. My District Office in Wichita is ready to help.

If your travel dates are closer than 12 weeks away, please call my office first at 316-262-8992 before applying so that we can assist you in the process.

Check expiration dates:
Before booking your trip or purchasing an airline ticket, check the expiration dates of family members’ passports. Children’s passports are valid for five years only.

Apply early: 
Apply at least six months in advance of your planned departure date.

Use trackable mail: 
Use trackable mail to quickly ship the application to the State Department and purchase overnight delivery for State to return the completed passport.

Ensure applications are accurate and complete: 
Any issues with citizenship, ID, fees, or photos could cause delays well beyond the original projected timeframe.

Passport appointments: 
Passport appointments are being prioritized for applicants with life-or-death travel and requests for appointments are generally not being recognized unless the travel date is within five days.

Due to the high demand and backlog in applications, you can expect to receive your passport in an 18-week timeframe for routine service and a 12-week turnaround time for expedited service.

My office is ready to help if you have further questions about passports, and I understand how challenging these delays can be.

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