Extended passport processing times announced by U.S. Department of State

Applying for a passport will now take longer than usual.
The U.S. Department of State has revealed new processing wait times for both renewals and new applications.
Effective this week, routine applications will require seven to 10 weeks for processing, while expedited applications will take 3 to 5 weeks.
Processing times commence upon receipt of the application and do not encompass mailing times, which may take up to two weeks.