Mar 13, 2024 - News

State Department to host passport event in New Orleans

Animated illustration of US passports filling the screen.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The State Department is hosting an event this week in New Orleans to help residents get passports.

Why it matters: Spring break and summer trips are right around the corner.

The big picture: Residents can give their paperwork directly to State Department staffers, which theoretically shortens the processing time, says Sara Severens of U.S. Rep. Troy Carter's office, which is co-hosting the event.

  • Processing times are about six to eight weeks right now, she tells Axios. You can pay for expedited processing at the event and get your passport within two to three weeks.

If you go: The event is from 10am to 1pm Thursday at McDonogh 35's auditorium (4000 Cadillac Street). No appointments are needed.

  • The event is open to everyone.
  • Bring your completed application, passport photo, proof of U.S. citizenship, ID and payment. Only checks and money orders will be accepted.
  • Call Carter's office for more info: 504-288-3777.

Between the lines: The State Department has a passport office in New Orleans, but it is open by appointment only, and those are hard to get.

Go deeper:

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the event is open to the public (not just the 2nd Congressional District) and to show expedited processing generally takes two to three weeks (not one to two weeks).


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