Passport Acceptance Fairs Make it Easier for U.S. Residents to Get a Passport

Published on 07/19/2017

  • Passport Acceptance Fairs Make it Easier for U.S. Residents to Get a Passport

Getting your passport shouldn’t be difficult. Yet, much like renewing your driver’s license or filing taxes, it’s become one of those tasks that are impossible not to dread.

If you’re in the United States, things may be looking up. New Passport Acceptance Fairs are making it easier for children and adults to apply for and secure passports for travel. Here’s how to find out if and when there’s an event near you.

What are Passport Acceptance Fairs?

Hardly a week goes by that we’re not reading headlines about new travel bans, additions to the REAL ID Act, or learning of some new hoop to jump through just so that we can fly the friendly skies. It’s frustrating, right? If you’re like us, you simply want to pack your carry-on and have some fun.

Thankfully, the U.S. Department of State recently kicked off a new program called Passport Acceptance Fairs, events that you and your family can attend to try and take the confusion out of getting a passport, and speed up the process. Most Passport Acceptance Fairs are geared toward first-time adult applicants and children, though a few fairs are open to all, including those who simply need to renew a passport.

Where are Passport Acceptance Fairs near you?

Passport Acceptance Fairs are being held around the United States this summer and fall. Locations and new events are updated each Monday on the U.S. Department of State website. The current list of fairs is available in this scrollable and downloadable .PDF file. Appointments are not necessary for the majority of fairs, and a few events are open to those wishing to renew a passport, as well as first-time filers.

If there’s no current event offered in your area, you can still go the traditional route and renew your passport via postal mail or apply for a passport in-person.

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