U.S. Department of State Hosts Passport Day in the USA

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 12, 2011

On Saturday, September 17, the Department of State will host its third annual “Passport Day in the USA.” U.S. citizens throughout the country may apply for a passport book or passport card at all regional passport agencies and participating passport application acceptance facilities, including post offices and clerks of court.

Passport agencies and many acceptance facilities are normally closed on Saturdays. This is a great opportunity for all travelers – families going on winter vacations, students participating in upcoming study abroad programs, or those planning to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games – to apply for a first-time passport or to renew their current passport. We encourage applicants to apply early and avoid a last-minute rush.

For this day only, U.S. citizens may apply directly at passport agencies without making an appointment. Both routine and expedited processing service may be requested. To reduce wait times on September 17, customers are encouraged to complete applications online at www.travel.state.gov, print the completed forms, and bring them to the passport agencies and acceptance facilities.

All 26 passport agencies, including the Department’s newest facilities in Atlanta, Georgia; Buffalo, New York; El Paso, Texas; San Diego, California; and St. Albans, Vermont, will be open to the public for extended Saturday hours. New public windows at our facilities in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will be open as well.

For complete information on Passport Day in the USA, such as participating passport acceptance facilities, locations, and hours of operation, please visit our website www.travel.state.gov. The website also contains information about passport requirements, applications forms, a list of fees, and average processing times. This information is also available by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793.

For press inquiries, call (202) 647-1488 or email CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov.

PRN: 2011/1461