Passport processing times grow

Currently, even the expedited applications, a passport is still about 12 weeks out.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- If you need a passport, expect to wait several weeks, if not months, as more Americans are vaccinated and travelers are starting to go international amid loosening restrictions.

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton tells Arizona's Family that there is a sharp rise in the number of Phoenix-area residents looking for help getting their passport quickly. Stanton says Arizonans should apply as early as possible -- ideally at least six months before their scheduled travel date -- to make sure they're ready to fly internationally.

Expedited service is available, but even those services are experiencing a delay. According to the U.S. State Department, those who are traveling within 12-18 weeks should apply for that service. The price is an extra $60.

But what about those who need their passport sooner? Your options are limited. Federal officials say only those with a "life-or-death emergency" or those with an urgent travel itinerary (within three days) can seek same-day service. However, appointments are not guaranteed. 

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