New Passport Center in Tuscon, Arizona, to Meet Travel Needs of American Citizens

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 24, 2009

The Department of State opened its twenty-third domestic passport issuance facility in Tucson, Arizona on September 8. The Western Passport Center is located in Broadway Northeast at 7373 East Rosewood Street. The addition of the Western Passport Center is an integral part of the Department’s on-going efforts to provide better service to the American public.

The Western Passport Center is a mega-adjudication center with a public counter that is the first domestic passport facility of its kind. It combines the efficiency of a high-volume production environment with personal customer service. The Center is one of nineteen domestic passport agencies that is open to the public.

The Western Passport Center has the capability to issue passport books and cards on site to qualifying customers who have urgent/emergency travel needs and those who have planned departures within 14 days. Appointments can be scheduled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the Department’s automated appointment system. With the land border phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative in effect since June, the Center will greatly improve the Department’s ability to meet the travel needs of our customers in several states along the U.S. – Mexican border.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or a passport card is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

PRN: 2009/958