Playing Catch-up: Passport Delays End

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STATE DEPARTMENT -- The State Department says the crunch at passport offices that threw a wrench into many a summer travel plan is over.

Hundreds of new workers have been hired and processing times are reported now to be normal.

At one point during the summer, the processing time had stretched to more than three months for a standard application.

The surge was largely the result of new post-9-11 immigration rules that took effect in January requiring U.S. citizens to have passports for air travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.



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