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U.S. Department of State to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Atlanta Passport Agency


Media Note
Washington, DC
May 10, 2011

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Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. to mark the official opening of the Atlanta Passport Agency. Invited guests include the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services Brenda S. Sprague, Members of Congress, state, and local officials, community leaders, and members of the media.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Atlanta Passport Agency is located in the heart of downtown at 230 Peachtree Street NW, convenient to public transportation and a short drive from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of flights. The new agency staff of 49 government employees and contractors will serve customers at 15 public counters. Previously, local residents with urgent travel plans had to drive more than eight hours to the New Orleans Passport Agency or more than 10 hours to passport agencies in Miami or Washington, D.C.

Changes to travel document requirements over the past few years demonstrated the need to expand the passport network into previously underserved areas. In the last year, the Department of State has opened four new passport agencies and added public counters at two existing agencies. The Department’s 28th domestic passport facility, Atlanta is expected to issue 50,000 passports in its first year.

U.S. citizens who have emergencies or who plan to travel within 14 days may apply in person at the Atlanta Passport Agency, where passport books will be issued on site. Customers may also obtain additional visa pages on an expedited basis. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793.

Media attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony will have an opportunity to tour the facility and conduct interviews with Under Secretary Kennedy and passport officials from Atlanta and Washington.

For press inquiries or to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or call (202) 647-1488.



PRN: 2011/723



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