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October 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Yes, you can still get a passport

U.S. passports are still being issued despite the government shutdown. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images photo)

U.S. passports are still being issued despite the government shutdown. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images photo)

Need a passport? You can still get one, even though the federal government is partially shut down.

The federal Passport Agency (including the Seattle office) is continuing to function and processing applications.  The Passport Agency  is supported by user fees – what you pay to get a U.S. passport – so can keep going despite the federal-budget meltdown.  (Visas also are being processed by Department of State officials.)

The Seattle Passport Agency, in downtown Seattle, remains open, by appointment, for travelers who need a passport urgently.

  Here’s the word from the State Department website:

  • The Department of State will continue passport and visa operations as well as provide critical services to U.S. citizens overseas.
  • Processing time for passport applications remain at four weeks or less for routine service and two weeks door-to-door for expedited service.
  •  Customers planning to travel within two weeks or requiring passports to obtain foreign visas should make an appointment at the nearest passport agency.  

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