February 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Getting a passport more easily in Seattle and beyond
Need a U.S. passport? You can get one more easily on March 9, in Seattle and beyond, when passport agencies have a special Saturday opening with no appointments needed.
Called “Passport Day in the USA,” it’s a national outreach event and is especially convenient for parents applying for passports for their children since that must be done in person for those under 16. The Saturday opening means families won’t have to miss work or school to apply. It also makes it easier for any U.S. citizen needing a passport to get advice and help in filling out the forms. Applications will be accepted at the Saturday event and passports then will be mailed (which can take several weeks or more, although expedited service also is available).
The Seattle Passport Agency, located downtown at 300 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, will be open on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are needed that day (normally they are required at the federal passport offices).
Other agencies that normally accept passport applications (including some neighborhood service centers and city offices) also will be open that Saturday throughout Washington (and nationally) for Passport Day. In Seattle, they include neighborhood service centers in Ballard, the University District and Central District. Passport facilities also will be open in Mill Creek, Woodinville and Sammamish for the March 9 Passport Day and farther afield in Lacey, Kennewick and Bonney Lake. Get hours and addresses, and more Washington state Passport Day locations, here.
Passport applicants must be U.S. citizens and have proof of identification. Get details on what’s required, including on necessary photographs for a passport application, and download application forms at the U.S. State Department website. Or phone the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 for more information.
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