Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to go to the passport office to get your passport renewed?
It just may happen. The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is considering online passport renewals, according to a story in Federal News Radio.
Fifteen percent of passport applicants have issues, the top reason being passport photos. Currently, photos are submitted to the State Department’s passport services office through a third party or directly from the applicant—and they often are of “low quality or grainy,” and this can add three or four weeks to processing time.
The passport services office being more directly involved in accepting a passport would greatly reduce the issue, Siegmund said.
The State Department expects 21 million Americans to apply for passports in 2017 and 20.4 million in 2018 — up from 14.5 million in 2015 and 16.8 million in 2016.
Siegmund also said that in 2016, the passport services call center received 1.4 million phone calls for application status checks