King County offers extra services for Passport Day in the USA

March 2, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. March 2, 2012

Travelers embarking for international destinations need a passport — and King County is offering additional hours Saturday for people in need of passports.

The county is opening some community service centers for additional hours March 10 — or Passport Day in the USA — to accommodate people unable to apply for a passport in person during a typical workweek.

Under a change to law federal law in 2010, all U.S. citizens to present a valid passport book if entering or re-entering the United States by air. People entering from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean at land borders and sea ports-of-entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

King County is joining the U.S. Department of State for Passport Day in the USA. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following centers:

  • Cottage Lake Community Service Center, 19145 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville
  • Covington Community Service Center, 27331 172nd Ave. S.E., Suite 116, Covington
  • Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center Licensing Office, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Room 1A, Kent
  • Vashon Community Service Center, 19021 Vashon Highway S.W., Vashon Island

No appointment is necessary for Passport Day in the USA. Service is limited to passports only. Expedited processing is available for a fee.

Issaquah City Hall also offers passport services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during regular business hours.

Learn more about the passport application process, necessary documents, associated costs and available options at www.travel.state.gov. Call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

King County planned to participate in Passport Day in the USA in April 2011, but a looming federal government shutdown prompted officials to cancel the event.

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