Take a glance at a map. As of today, it’s now about two hours to get a passport in New York City, according to Lizette Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Homeland Security. Not to mention, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’ll not get to the office to walk out with the passport.

In a statement to the New York Times, Ms. Aguilar explained that as of today, U.S. passport applications are processed “as expeditiously as possible.” She also told the Times that the limits on passport sizes currently exist “to ensure the safety of those waiting in line.” There’s a reason for the size restrictions, of course.

It’s not just ordinary passports the State Department is limiting. After issuing over 1.7 million non-drivers’ licenses in February, they’re limiting all licenses that are processed at the normal handling center to five pages for drivers and five pages for non-drivers. The last version of the online passport application even counted down the number of minutes left in the application process, throwing cold water on any hopes of coming away with a passport in a timely manner.

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Women who live on the East Coast are especially subject to extended wait times. In order to get an adult passport in New York, which had previously been the only state that applied the limit, you’d have to wait about 10 hours.


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