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Get a Passport Easier on March 10

Locations in Danbury, Naugatuck, Newtown, Southbury, Woodbury, and elsewhere throughout the state will be open March 10 for anyone to walk in and submit a passport application.

For one day only, on Saturday, March 10, you can get a U.S. passport in several locations throughout the state - including in Danbury, Naugatuck, Newtown, Southbury, and Woodbury - without making an appointment.

The U.S. Department of State is holding the walk-in, appointment-free day for people to get their passports at offices around the country. A list of locations and hours is on the State Department's website.

The office will provide passport information and accept applications for passports. According to a news release from the State Department:

"For this day only, appointments are not required for customers to apply directly at a regional passport agency. Additionally, regional passport agencies will only charge the $60 expedited fee to customers requesting expedited service. Americans can be ready for the summer travel season by applying for their US. passport book or US. passport card during these extended Saturday hours.

According to the State Department website, it normally takes four to six weeks to get a passport, and expedited passports take two to three weeks. 

"U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re­entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda 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," according to the news release.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a passport can be found on the travel pages of State Department's website or by calling the National Passport lnformation Center toll-­free at (877) 487-2778 (in English or Spanish).

Jeff Capeci March 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Is there any benefit to potentially spending a good portion of my Saturday waiting on lines on March 10 versus just mailing the application to the state department?
socrates March 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
A friend informed me that I was on the state list of unclaimed money. It's far easier to get a passport than it is to get your money, even though your current and proper address is on the check(s). It's easier to travel around the world than it is to get YOUR money from the state of CT.
Connie March 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
There is not much info on the site- can you renew passports as well? How about child passports?
Guy Nize March 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I agree with you, Jeff. It's like they're creating a "cattle call" day. Last time I walked into our post office on a slow day, was processed, and my paperwork was in the mail in about ten minutes. Frankly, we shouldn't have to pay the U.S.State Dept. an extra fee to "expedite" passport processing. They're admitting that "We're government employees, and we're slow, but you can get special treatment for a small bribe".
Jaimie Cura (Editor) March 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Just to note, here's the link of Connecticut locations with the hours of the event. http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/pptday/locations/usstates/usstates_4681.html Not all of the post offices participating have photo services available, so definitely check this link before you go. Bethlehem 34 East Street Bethlehem, CT 06751 8:30 a.m. to Noon Photo services available Woodbury 1 Washington Avenue Woodbury, CT 06798 9 a.m. to Noon Photo services available
Donna Monteleone Randle March 02, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Karen, being that this is the Newtown Patch, I am wondering where the Newtown location will be on March 10?
Lee Elkins March 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Hi Donna- The website lists the main PO, which does have photo services: 5 Commerce Road Newtown, CT 06470 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Christine E. March 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This article isn't just on new town patch :)

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