Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 30, 2011


Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. to mark the official opening of the San Diego Passport Agency. Invited guests include the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services Brenda S. Sprague, Members of Congress, state and local officials, local community leaders and members of the media.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the San Diego Passport Agency is a short drive from the U.S.-Mexico border at 401 West A Street in downtown San Diego. It has 15 public counters to serve customers with urgent travel plans. At full capacity, the agency will operate with 50 employees, many of whom will be hired locally.

Changes to travel document requirements over the past few years demonstrated the need to expand the passport agency network into previously underserved areas. In recent months, the Department of State has opened passport agencies in El Paso, TX; St. Albans, VT and Buffalo, NY. Public counters were also added at existing passport facilities in Portsmouth, NH and Hot Springs, AR. An agency in Atlanta is slated to open in May.

U.S. citizens who plan to travel within 14 days will now be able to apply in person at the San Diego Passport Agency, where both passport books and passport cards will be issued onsite. Customers may also obtain additional visa pages on an expedited basis. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-877-487-2778.

Media will have an opportunity to tour the facility and interview Under Secretary Kennedy along with passport officials from San Diego and Washington.

For press inquiries or to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or call (202) 647-1488.



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