Applications received on or before March 19 will get processed, the agency said.
Individuals needing to renew their passports for future international travel can proceed as usual without the usual option for expedited service (at an additional $60), according to the State Department’s website.
Passport processing typically takes six to eight weeks, but the statement notes a possible delay in regular service for renewals submitted after March 20. The statement offers no information on expected delay times.
Thus far, 40 states have issued stay-at-home orders urging Americans not to leave the house.
CNN’s Stacey Lastoe contributed to this story.