Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Wednesday warned travelers in need of a passport that the U.S. Department of State is taking longer to process passport applications. Jastrzemski said routine processing will now take 10-13 weeks, and expedited processing – which costs an additional $60 – will take seven to nine weeks.
“The Department of State issued a bulletin this week alerting us to the increased processing times,” Jastrzemski said. “The State Department said this year’s volume of applications has outpaced last year’s record volume by more than 30%.”
Jastrzemski said those in need of a passport can schedule an appointment with the Niagara County Clerk’s Office to process their application by calling 716-439-7025. A list of passport requirements can be found at https://www.niagaracounty.com/departments/a-f/county_clerk/index.php.
He also encouraged those who have passports to check the expiration date to make sure it is still current.
“Now that we are aware of the longer processing time, I want to urge those who are planning to travel internationally and need a passport to plan accordingly and get their application submitted,” Jastrzemski said.