Passport processing times increase from backlog issues

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CHERRY VALLEY, Ill (WIFR) -- If you are planning a vacation abroad, you may want get a head start. The time it takes to get a new passport could be doubled.

Right now the average time for a passport to come in takes four to six weeks but now it could take up to eight weeks. The change comes after backlogging issues from the U.S. Department of State. The Cherry Valley Library says we should apply for our passports as soon as possible to avoid a $60 fee to get it quicker.

"I mean six weeks out we are talking the middle of the July, 8 weeks the end of July. So if you are planning on traveling and want to save that expedite fee, you know you want to give us a call and make an appointment or try walking in at the Harrison Post Office,” said assistant director of the Cherry Valley Library Michele Arms.

Arms expects the usual processing times will be back to normal in the upcoming months.