June 16, 2010
Contact: Aaron Hunter 202-225-2040
Rep. Susan Davis Announces Decision to Put New Passport Agency in San Diego
State Department uses stimulus funding for the new agency
San Diego – California is about to get a third passport agency, and it will be in San Diego. Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and the State Department announced that the new office will be located downtown and will open in the spring of 2011. San Diego joins Los Angeles and San Francisco as the third city in the state with such an office.
“This is going to be a great convenience for San Diegans,” said Davis. “It will be one stop shopping for their passport needs. I appreciate the State Department for choosing San Diego as the location for this new passport agency. It will not only mean convenience but it will mean jobs. This is another example of the funding from the Recovery Act at work in our community to restore our local economy.”
“We are delighted that we have identified a location for a new passport agency in San Diego,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services Brenda Sprague. “California residents are an on-the-go group. They obtain more passports each year than residents of any other state in the union. In fact, with about 2 million passports issued each year, California volume is almost twice that of the second busiest state for passport demand.”
When opened, the San Diego agency will provide expedited counter service to citizens with emergency passport needs while working closely with local, state and federal officials to identify and combat passport and identity fraud.
Currently, if there is a need for a passport application to be expedited, the applicant is required to go to the passport agency in Los Angeles. Davis’s congressional office has helped hundreds of constituents cut through the red tape in obtaining passports.
The State Department estimates about 50 jobs will be created, many of them will be filled by local residents. The San Diego Passport Agency will have 15 public counters. The public lobby will accommodate up to 120 customers at one time.
The new downtown passport agency will issue U.S. passport books and passport cards onsite to qualifying customers who plan to travel within 14 days or have a life or death emergency. Customers may also obtain additional visa pages and replacement passport books and cards on an expedited basis. More passports are issued in California than in any other state.
The new agency is one five new agencies the State Department will open across the nation.