Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 27, 2009


This is to clarify the information about applicable fees required for passport applications made on “Passport Day in the USA,” Saturday, March 28, 2009, as announced in a Media Note of March 20, 2009.

Normally, individuals applying for a passport at one of the sixteen U.S. Passport Agencies must have an appointment to appear and must pay $60.00 for expedited service.

On Saturday, March 28, 2009, as part of “Passport Day in the USA,” U.S. Passport Agencies will permit walk-ins to appear without an appointment and will offer routine service for no additional fee. Those individuals who request routine service when applying are not required to pay the expedite fee of $60.00 and can expect to receive their passport in approximately four to six weeks.

Individuals who request expedited service on their passport application on March 28, whether they apply at a U.S. Passport Agency or at another passport acceptance facility, will be required to pay the expedite fee of $60.00. Those who request expedited service can expect to receive their passport in approximately two to three weeks. Additional information about passport application processing times can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/processing/processing_1740.htm.

Information about operating hours for U.S. Passport Agencies on March 28 is available at www.travel.state.gov. Please click on “Passport Day in the USA – March 28.”

Information on how to apply for a passport book and/or a passport card and the associated costs is available at www.travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

For further information contact:
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs

Press inquiries: (202) 647-1488
Internet address: www.travel.state.gov



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