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Can someone apply for a passport for me?

by JB
(Lancaster, PA)

Question: My work schedule doesn't permit me to apply for a passport in person during their business hours, however I have all the paperwork together and ready to submit. Can I have someone turn the papers in for me to apply?

Answer: If you are applying for a first-time passport, you must appear in person. You cannot send someone to apply for you. The reason for this is because you must take an oath and sign the application form in the presence of an authorized passport agent.

There are 3 passport application acceptance facilities in Lancaster where you can apply. None of them are open on Saturdays but the first one is open during lunch hour. The passport offices are listed below.

Lancaster County Prothonotarys Office
50 N. Duke ST
Lancaster, PA 17608

Lancaster Main Post Office
1400 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA 17604

Lancaster Public Library
125 N. Duke ST
Lancaster, PA 17602

If you cannot appear during the operating hours of the passport offices listed above, there are several locations you can apply in Philadelphia that are open on Saturdays. Click the link below for a list.

Philadelphia Passport Offices

If you are applying for an expedited passport renewal, then you can authorize someone to appear at the regional processing center for you. Click the link below to apply for this service.

Expedited Passport Renewal Service

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