Need a passport? No appointment needed at Kent on Saturday

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From the office of the King County Executive
King County opens for second annual “Passport Day in the U.S.A.”

Residents planning to travel out of the country should consider applying for a U.S. passport now before application fees significantly increase later this year. 

This Saturday, March 27, the King County Licensing Office in the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for residents who want to apply for a passport. No appointment is necessary. During this event, both options of routine processing and expedited processing for an additional fee of $60 dollars are available.

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Licensing Office at the Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 4th Ave N., #1A
Kent, WA 98032
(206) 205-7330
(Accessible via the parking garage breezeway)

Currently, US Passport Books cost $100 for first-time adult applicants and $85 for all minor applicants under 16. However, a proposed rule for new passport fees will make first-time adult passport applicants pay $135 for a passport book and $105 for all minor applications. The proposed rule is currently in a public comment period. To view the proposed rule and submit your comment, please visit the 2010 Proposed Passport Fees webpage.

In addition to the US Passport Book, the U.S. Passport card is a wallet-size travel document which can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. It cannot be used for air travel. Fee increases have been proposed for this document as well.

Last March, the U.S. Department of State held the first “Passport Day in the U.S.A” in response to the new travel guidelines implemented in June 2009. U.S. citizens are now required to present a passport book, passport card, or other travel document approved by the U.S. government to enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry. In 2009, passport agencies and facilities accepted over 59,000 passport applications.

For more information, please visit Questions can also be directed to the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or the King County Community Service Center Licensing office at 206-205-7330


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