Passport services will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Office will begin offering passport services to customers on Monday, October 15. The Auditor's Office will become the only passport services agency in Thurston County open five days a week for full business hours with no appointments necessary.
The county announced last month the Auditor's Office's plans to begin offering passport services in October, upon completion of renovations to accommodate the increased volume of customers.
"We saw a need for new passport services providers in the county given the state's implementation of federal REAL ID requirements and the significant increase in passport applications over the last few years," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. Over the last five years, the number of passports issued in Washington State has increased by 51%.
Thurston County hasn't offered passport services since it suspended services in 2009 due to budget cuts.
The demand for passports is expected to continue increasing as a result of federal REAL ID identification requirements. Standard driver's licenses and ID cards (non-enhanced) will no longer be accepted at airports beginning October 2020. Passengers will need enhanced drivers licenses or passports to board commercial airlines.
The Auditor's Office expects to serve between 3,000 and 8,000 customers each year. For more information about passport services, please visit the Auditor's Office Passports webpage.
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