TAMPA (July 7, 2016)—While the State Department plans new passport facilities in Tampa to meet demand, Hillsborough Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank will hold a Passport Saturday event July 16.
Holding special Saturday hours is designed to help with the backlog in requests, Frank said.
“Taking time off from work to apply for a passport isn’t possible for everyone, so we offering Passport Saturday as a public service,” said Frank. The Clerk’s Office normally accepts passport applications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its four offices, in downtown Tampa, Plant City, Brandon and Southshore. More than 8,000 passports were processed last year.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor recently praised the efficiency of passport processing by the Clerk’s Office in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. She pointed out long waits at the Tampa International Airport post office. In response, the State Department announced it will open more offices.
This is the second Passport Saturday the Clerk’s Office has held this year. More than 150 passports were processed March 26.
On July 16, passports will be processed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 140 of the County Courthouse, 419 Pierce St., in downtown Tampa.
No appointments are required but are strongly recommended. Reserve your spot by going online, where you will also find useful information about applying for a passport. You can also make an appointment by calling (813) 276-8100 ext. 4367.
Here’s what you’ll need to apply:
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Proof of Citizenship (birth certificate, naturalization paper or old passport in good condition)
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Photo ID
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Passport photo
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Payment (Check or money order for the U.S. State Department and separate $25 processing fee in cash, check or credit card for each person’s application)