Passports Get a Day of Their Own

Posted by Brenda Sprague
March 22, 2010
Passport Office in Downtown Washington

About the Author: Brenda Sprague serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 marks the second annual Passport Day in the USA -- a national event organized by Passport Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Passport Day in the USA provides an opportunity for U.S. citizens to conveniently apply for their passport at passport agencies and passport acceptance facilities across the nation.

During this special event, appointments are not required to apply at a passport agency, and walk-in customers can apply for routine or expedited service for passport processing.

Now is a good time to get ready for Passport Day in the USA by filling out the application form, gathering your U.S. birth certificate or other primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, and getting two passport photos ready so you will be prepared to turn in your application on March 27th! For more information on what you need to apply for a passport, visit

Last year over 57,000 Americans took advantage of applying for their passport on Passport Day in the USA, and the Department expects a greater turnout this year with the addition of new passport agencies in Detroit, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Tucson.

U.S. citizens interested in applying for their passport can visit the Passport Day in the USA page on to find the closest passport agency or passport acceptance facility.

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David K.
North Carolina, USA
March 23, 2010

David L.S.K. in North Carolina writes:

I thank & Praise God for having given me multiple visa for 10 years in 2009.I came to US for a conference & went back to India.In 2010 I received an invitation for me & my wife Joyce Victoria Rani Kumar from the same pastor who invited me last year.But it very much unfortunate that the US Consulate did not give visa for my wife.The pastor who invited us came to India & went to the US Consulate & requested them.Still they did not give though we applied for the second time! I really can't understand why they did so to my wife?It is still an unanswered question!!!

California, USA
March 25, 2010

Coraisma in California writes:

Can I go to Mexico and come back with my passaport receipt?

Rhonda W.
Tennessee, USA
March 29, 2010

Rhonda W. in Tennessee writes:

On Saturday, I went with my brother's family to the post office in Asheville, North Carolina (Hendersonville location) so that my two nieces (both under the age of 10)could submit their passport applications in preparation for their upcoming summer trip to Canada. Upon entering, we were told to wait. About 20 minutes later, someone emerged from a closed office only to inform us that appointments were required. This is obviously not how "Passport Day in the USA" was advertised. The individual was not only ill-informed about "Passport Day" but was also rude. The whole thing was extremely disappointing. My brother and sister-in-law both work full-time jobs and will find it difficult to coordinate another time to both accompany their nieces in person to the post office. So, "Passport Day" was a huge failure, in my experience. As someone who works in international education at a large state university, I was very disappointed. I informed many students, preparing for study abroad, about Passport Day and, following the information I had, told them that no appointments were required. I wonder how many of them were met with the same disappointing results?


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