Need a passport to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver? If you live in Seattle, you’re in luck! The Seattle Regional passport agency just announced that it will be holding a special “Passport Day” event on December 5th, to encourage local residents to apply for passports.
Since June, passports (or other WHTI-compliant documents like enhanced driver’s licenses) are required to cross over the border into Canada. So, if you want to be in the stands for the Winter Olympics in February, you might want to take the opportunity to apply for your passport at the passport office on December 5th, from 9 am to 3 pm.
The Seattle Passport Office is located at the following address:
Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Ave., Suite 992
You will need government-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license or state ID card, both to apply for your passport and to enter the building.
The advantage of applying directly at the passport office is that trained passport agents will be on hand to assist you. You can submit a regular (6 weeks processing time) or an expedited (3 weeks processing time) application at the Passport Agency during passport day without an appointment.
However, if you need same-day passport processing, please note that you will still need to make an appointment at the passport office to submit your application. If you can’t make it to the Passport Agency office and you need your passport in a hurry, a passport expediting company can help you get your passport application processed quickly, more quickly than the government’s expedited processing option.
Here’s how it works: you fill out your passport application at a passport acceptance facility, often a library or post office. Then, you send your application and supporting documents to the expediting company for super-fast processing, often as quick as 24 hours. There’s no need to go to the passport office at all!