Washington County Department of Assessment and Taxation is a Passport Acceptance Agency. Services include the processing for the issuance of a new passport, renewing a passport, and expediting a passport application.
If you have not been issued a passport within the last 15 years, or have never had a passport before, you must appear before an authorized accepting agent. All minor children must appear in person, as well.
Normal Processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks.
Passport applications are accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS ALL U.S. CITIZENS MAY NOT REQUIRE A PASSPORT BOOK OR PASSPORT CARD UNDER THE NEW TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
The final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) went into effect on June 1, 2009 and requires US citizens to present a passport book, passport card, or other document approved by the US Government when entering the United States by land or by sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The following information briefly provides the requirements for special audiences. Details can be found on the US Department of Homeland Security's website, www.GetYouHome.gov.
CHILDREN: US citizen children age 15 and younger arriving by land or by sea from contiguous territory may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
GROUPS OF CHILDREN: US citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or by sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card. The group should be prepared to present a letter on organizational letterhead with the following information:
- The name of the group and supervising adult.
- A list of the children on the trip, and the primary address, phone number, date of birth, place of birth, and name of at least one parent or legal guardian for each child.
- A written and signed statement of the supervising adult certifying that he or she has obtained parental or legal guardian consent for each participating child.
CLOSED LOOP CRUISES: US citizens who board a cruise ship at a port within the United States, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same US port on the same ship may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization)*. For a listing of which countries are included in the Western Hemisphere, please visit www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/inspections_carriers_facilities/closed_loop_faq.xml.
*You may still be required to present a passport card or a passport book to enter the foreign country to which you are traveling. Please contact your cruise line to verify which documents are required for your trip.