Passports delayed

Teton County residents who are planning international travel and need a passport or renewal are strongly encouraged to start planning sooner rather than later. The United States Department of State is working through a backlog of passport applications caused largely by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The return time for both a new and renewal routine passport applications has increased to up to four and a half months, which includes the Department of State’s intake of applications, processing time, and mailing to and from the passport agency. If desired, an additional $60 expedited fee can reduce the timeframe to up three months.

Advance appointments are required for all applications processed at the Teton County Clerk of District Court’s Office. Most adult renewals of prior 10-year passports (if your passport is in your possession) can be sent in directly to the Department of State by the applicant, using the forms and instructions available at travel.state.gov.

Applicants that must appear at an acceptance facility, such as the Clerk of Court’s Office, include all first-time applicants, all minor applicants, minor renewals, adults renewing a passport received as a minor, adults with passports expired more than five years, or adults who do not have their most recent passport in their possession.

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