USPS: Passport services are still available during government shutdown

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 13:21:09-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Metro Detroit U.S. Postal Service passport facilities will continue to operate under normal hours during the federal government shutdown.

Last week, the agency announced the U.S. Department is still processing passport applications. Processing times remain 4 to 6 weeks for routine service and 2 to 3 weeks for expedited services.

For people under age 16, the passport cost is $115 and $145 total for adults.

A few things to remember when applying for a passport:

  • Bring in proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, country or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable).
  • Bring in proof of identity. This must be either a previous U.S. passport, a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver’s license, a government ID or military photo ID.
  • Passport photograph services will be available on site for a fee of $15.
  • To save time in this process, customers can download a passport application at the Department of State website:
  • All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Applicants under age 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.