Earlier this month, residents of Georgia and neighboring states got some welcome news: the Department of State just opened a new regional Passport Agency office in Atlanta. When you consider that Atlanta is the ninth largest city in the country, the big question becomes “What took so long?”

A Regional Passport Agency office is a special passport office for US citizens who need emergency passport services. Prior to the opening of the Atlanta Regional Passport Agency, Georgia residents had to drive or fly all the way to New Orleans or Washington, DC to get a passport in the event of a travel emergency.

Writing on the Department of State blog, Atlanta Passport Agency Director Gale McCoy described helping a teenage boy get a passport for a trip to Paris and said, “Emergencies like this happen every day in airports across the country, and the odds of it happening in Atlanta are great, considering that the Atlanta airport serves more than 80 international destinations and is the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger volume. That’s why it was so important for Atlanta to have a passport agency.”

The Atlanta Passport Agency is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of downtown, and is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 1-877-487-2778. To qualify for an appointment, you must need a passport to travel overseas within 14 days, or four weeks if you also need to apply for a travel visa for your destination country. In addition to the other documents required to get a passport, you must bring a copy of your itinerary as well . As long as everything is in order, the passport agency office will issue your passport within 24 hours so you can be on your way.

Of course, even with this new passport agency open, the Department of State’s emergency passport services will still be out of reach for many. Some people won’t be able to get the time off work, others would rather walk through broken glass than deal with Atlanta traffic. If you need your passport application processed quickly and can’t use the passport agency or would prefer not to go through the hassle for whatever reason, RushMyPassport can help. We hand-deliver your paperwork to the Department of State, for processing in as little as 24 hours with no need to make an appointment or wait in line.

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