Hard to believe, but there are still about 60 percent of Americans who don’t have a passport – a category I’m sure the majority of Sherman’s Travel readers don’t fall into.
If that’s the case for you, however, and you’ve been procrastinating getting one (or one for your kids), the U.S. Department of State is making it a little easier to join the ranks of 13.1 million passport-holding Americans, with “Passport Day in the USA” on March 9. On that date, facilities around the country will have special Saturday openings with no appointments needed. (Due to the dreaded budget sequestration, State Department agencies themselves will not be participating.)
The threat of a government shutdown canceled the regularly scheduled Passport Day in April, but now that all is back to normal, the annual event is back on track for Saturday, September 17.
This is the only day of the year that the government lets customers line up and apply for a passport both on a Saturday and without an appointment. Just show up at a regional passport office, bring all the necessary documents and a checkbook, and send off your paperwork for processing.