Passports in 2021 and You
According to the State Department, getting a passport can take up to 12 weeks right now–assuming you don’t want to spend an additional $60 to speed the process up to 6 weeks. Thankfully, individuals who have an urgent need for travel can get a passport set up in 72 hours assuming they can provide proof of emergency or get themselves one of few open in-person “urgent travel plans” appointments. No matter your plans, the takeaway should be to get your passport, and get it early. Once you submit all of your paperwork for your passport, you can track application status here after roughly 14 days.
For standard processing (up to 12 weeks), you’ll need to spend $110 on a passport book for international air travel or $30 for a passport card (invalid for international air travel, only for domestic travel, sea border crossings, and land crossings into Mexico/Canada). Unfortunately, mailing in cash for your application isn’t accepted–so be sure to write in a check tio “U.S. Department of State” with your full name and date of birth if you want to pay by mail! Those applying by mail will also need to fill out a DS-82 Form as well as their most recent US passports and name change documents (if any).
Fortunately, we don’t all need to apply by mail. While it’s recommended to do so during the COVID-19 Pandemic, several passport facilities are still open and receiving application. Appointments are limited, however, so be sure to make passport plans in advance regardless.
For more on setting up a passport or to get passport photos taken, look to Snelgrove Travel Center in Layton, UT. We are Utah Travel Experts!