An L.A. Times article says there is a significant backlog in passport applications because of the pandemic. The U.S. State Department nearly shut down all passport processing in March. The catch-up is beginning.
According to the latest numbers, the backlog is at 1.2 million applications as of July 22nd.
Normally, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to get a passport unless it is expedited. Now, the State Department says "expect significant delays."