A new 24-hour passport office will be opening in Portsmouth, New Hampshire later this year. The office will be located at the National Passport Center in Portsmouth, which has 840 employees but is not open to the public yet.
Starting in October, workers at the center will be able to assist customers who need emergency passport services by issuing US passport books and US passport cards on site. This will be a relief to many New Hampshire residents, as previously obtaining 24-hour passport service required a trip to Boston or Connecticut.
Fosters.com quotes U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen discussing the announcement:
“The new services available in Portsmouth will help New Hampshire residents who need an expedited passport get the help they need in a more convenient place, and I’m glad these services will be available this year.”
One important point to keep in mind, however, is that residents who need 24-hour passport services will not be able to simply walk in to the Portsmouth passport office and get one. Before you can be seen at the office, you need to make an appointment during business hours. If you work during the day, expect to have to take some time off work, too- Regional Passport Agency offices are not open on evenings, weekends or holidays.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making an appointment and traveling to the passport office or you simply can’t take any more time off work, there is another way to get your passport quickly.
By using a private passport expediting service like RushMyPassport.com, you get passport processing times as low as 24 hours without having to make an appointment, take time off work or drive to a Regional Passport Agency office. Plus, you get personal service from a trained passport specialist, reducing the likelihood of common mistakes that can hold up your application.