Need to renew your passport, sign up for a new passport, or get your family their own passports? National Passport Day is this Saturday, March 9, giving busy travelers and work-life balancers an opportunity to check off this important to-do.
Interestingly, however, you won't be getting your passport at an official passport agency. Due of the budget sequestration, Department of State Passport Agencies will not be participating in National Passport Day, according to the State Department website. However, non-Department of State Passport Acceptance Facilities, such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries will participate.
National Passport Day happens twice a year and was set up to make getting or renewing passports a little simpler. On this day, U.S. citizens can forgo the required appointment and simply stop by their local passport agency to sign up or renew their passport.
According to the U.S. Department of State, "Convenient Saturday hours ensure most parents don't have to miss work to apply for their child's U.S. passport. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to an agency or participating acceptance facility where there will be special activities for children."
That's the good news. The bad news is that you're likely be waiting in line with plenty of others. To ensure you get in and out of there with enough time to salvage your Saturday, follow this advice:
- Go first thing in the morning or around lunchtime, when most families are eating or in the middle of their weekend activities.
- Make sure you have printed out everything you need before you arrive: identification, proof of U.S. citizenship, expired passport (if necessary), passport photos, and your passport fee.
If you're a first-time passport applicant, visit the State Department website for a checklist of items you'll need to bring.
The State Department set up a Twitter and Facebook page to address questions about National Passport Day. Tweet hashtag #PPTDay or visit Facebook.com/TravelGov for daily passport tips and referrals to other online resources.
Here's a list of passport agencies in Massachusetts taking part in National Passport Day.
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