LFP experiencing increase in passport applications

Friday, January 22, 2016

From the City of Lake Forest Park

Since the end of 2015, the Lake Forest Park Passport Acceptance Office has experienced a higher-than-usual number of customers. Passport Program Manager Evelyn Jahed anticipates this trend will continue into 2016, due to a higher number of passports due for renewal during 2016 and 2017, as well as discussion on the state and federal level regarding use of Washington Driver’s Licenses for air travel.

Although the Department of Homeland Security and TSA have extended the deadline for Washington to comply with federal requirements under the REAL ID Act, customers appear to be applying for passports sooner rather than later.

The Lake Forest Park passport office is located at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, and is open Mondays and Fridays from 12:00noon to 5:00pm., and on Saturdays from 10:00am. to 4:00pm.

Customers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, and the last application is accepted 15 minutes prior to closing. No credit or debit cards are accepted. Payment to the U.S. Department of State can only be in the form of check or money order; payment to the City of LFP for photos and/or the processing fee can be paid in the form of check, money order, or cash.

To accommodate the increase in customers applying for passports, the City has hired additional passport agents to work on Saturdays to decrease the wait time. Customers are asked to bear in mind there may be a wait in the lobby while passport agents assist customers who arrived earlier. 

Information on how to apply for a passport is available online. The list of fees is here.

Updated 01-25-2016


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