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Where can I get a passport on Saturday in Massachusetts?

by Ed
(Melrose, Ma)

Question: My 16-year-old daughter needs a passport. Where can I get passport photos made and get the actual passport?

Answer: There is nowhere in Massachusetts where you can actually get a passport on Saturday if you mean that you want to receive the travel document on the same day that you apply.

There are several passport application acceptance facilities near Melrose where the application form and supporting documents can be submitted. All these Massachusetts passport offices list operating hours for Saturdays and on-site photos. Since operating hours vary and some facilities require an appointment, we recommend you all first. The addresses are provided below.

Malden Post Office
109 Mountain Ave
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 322-0667

Stoneham Post Office (by appointment)
345 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 438-3124

Medford Post Office (by appointment)
20 Forest Street
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 396-2444

Wakefield Post Office
321 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 245-3831

Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks to complete. You can request expedited service at the time you apply in order to get the passport in 2-3 weeks. If your daughter needs her passport faster, you need to schedule an appointment at the Boston Passport Agency or employ the services of a registered passport expediter.

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UPDATE: Mailing delays and high demand are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility.

Standard service may take between 10 and 13 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 7 to 9 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. Current mailing delays are significant. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC.

A registered expedited passport courier can often assist in obtaining a passport as quickly as the same day. You can learn more about this service here.

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