Plan Ahead to Renew Your Passport!
The U.S. Department of State has encouraged U.S. citizens to submit applications about six month in advance. Routine renewals currently take about 18 weeks (12 weeks for processing and six weeks in the mail); expedited processing takes about 12 weeks (six weeks for processing and six weeks in the mail) and requires and additional $60 fee.
Reasons for longer wait times include increased demand (post-pandemic), State Department staffing shortages and U.S. Postal Service delays.