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June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Automated passport kiosks speed up Sea-Tac, other airports

Sea-Tac Airport’s international arrivals area can be cramped and frustratingly slow, with tired passengers snaking through long lines and sometimes waiting more than an hour for passport clearance. But the Automated Passport Control kiosks that have been set up in Seattle and some other major North American airports can speed entry into the United States for…

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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

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