6 new U.S. passport offices opening nationwide.

Your Questions Answered About the Expansion of Passport Agencies, Centers, and Acceptance Facilities

Introduction

The U.S. Department of State has announced the expansion of passport agencies, centers, and acceptance facilities to better serve the growing number of American passport holders. With nearly half of all Americans holding a U.S. passport, the Department of State is taking action to improve customer services and reduce wait times. In this comprehensive guide, we will cover everything you need to know about the new passport offices opening in Kansas City, Orlando, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Cincinnati.


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New Passport Offices: What You Need to Know

The Department of State will establish six new passport agencies, centers, and acceptance facilities across the United States. These new locations include:

  1. Kansas City, MO
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Cincinnati, OH

These new passport offices will join the existing 29 passport agencies and centers, as well as more than 7,400 public passport acceptance facilities, in the U.S.

Planning for the Future: Timeline and Information

As the Department of State begins planning for these new facilities, they will provide information about the timeline for when these facilities may open. The State Department spokesperson stated, “We will provide information about the timeline for when these facilities may open.”

Passport Processing Times and Renewal Options

Current passport processing times are six to eight weeks for routine service and two to three weeks for expedited service. The State Department advises travelers to renew or apply for their passports at least six months before travel. Those renewing their passports should note that many countries require visitors’ passports to be valid for at least six months at the time of entry.

For those looking to renew their passports, they can do so via mail or online. The online passport renewal system is currently limited to a certain number of applicants each day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees for passport books and cards are $130 and $30, respectively; it’s $160 total for a passport book and card.

FAQs

  1. When will the new passport offices open?

The Department of State will provide information about the timeline for when these facilities may open.

  1. How can I renew my passport?

First-time adult passport applicants must apply in person, while those renewing their passports can do so via mail or online.

  1. How long does it take to process a passport?

Current passport processing times are six to eight weeks for routine service and two to three weeks for expedited service.

  1. How much does it cost to renew a passport?

Fees for passport books and cards are $130 and $30, respectively; it’s $160 total for a passport book and card.

  1. Do I need to renew my passport before traveling internationally?

The State Department advises travelers to renew or apply for their passports at least six months before travel. Many countries require visitors’ passports to be valid for at least six months at the time of entry.

Conclusion

The expansion of passport agencies, centers, and acceptance facilities is an exciting development for American travelers. With new passport offices opening in Kansas City, Orlando, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Cincinnati, the Department of State is taking steps to better serve the growing number of American passport holders. Stay informed and up-to-date with the latest news on passport processing times, renewal options, and fees.

Jed Stafford
Jed Stafford

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