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Need a passport? About 1.2 million people are ahead of you

6 days ago   |   By Boston Herald

The U.S. State Department, which largely shut down its passport processing in March, says it is chipping away at a backlog of applications that have accumulated since then. But officials aren't giving any time estimates.
In fact, with more than 1.2 million passports awaiting issuance and many sites still closed or understaffed, those officials say the only new requests they can handle are “life-or-death” emergencies.
For everyone else who has applications and renewal requests in the pipeline, the agency's answer boils down to three words: “Expect significant delays.”
“We are committed to...
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