The processing time for a new American passport for standard applications is about 4 to 6 weeks, as stated on the United States Passport and International Travel page of the U.S. Department of State's website. Applicants can check the status of their passport applications online and it takes 5 to 7 days, or sooner when requesting an expedited service, to track an application.
The U.S. Department of State also provides an expedited service with a processing time of 8 days and the applicant receiving the passport, or a denial letter in case the application is rejected, within 3 weeks. Applications for new passports can also be sent via mail; however, first time applicants must make an appointment and visit a Passport Agency when applying. The expedited service is also available through mail and applicants must mark the delivery package with "Expedited" on the outside of the envelope and use a secure delivery method. An additional fee is charged for the expedited service.