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Avoid The Rush - Get Your Passport Early!

Post Date:01/11/2018 4:08 PM

Beginning January 22, 2018, many travelers flying domestically, as well as internationally, will need to present a REAL ID compliant form of identification.  An extension has been granted to Californians for REAL ID enforcement until October 10, 2018, as the State of California is not yet issuing compliant identification documents.  California residents may continue to present their state issued driver’s license or identification card but will likely need a REAL ID by October 10, 2018.

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 as a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission to help “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” Acceptable forms of identification under the REAL ID Act are a passport book, passport card, DHS trusted traveler card (such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST), permanent resident card, or a foreign government-issued passport.

As mentioned, one way to prepare for the upcoming change is to apply for a passport book or card, which are an acceptable and compliant form of identification. First time and minor passport applicants are required to apply in person at an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility, such as the City of Culver City.

The City of Culver City offers appointment only passport services through the City’s passport website. Applicants can reserve a single or multiple passport appointments on the website. Passport appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  Information and links to all of the necessary documentation required for the appointment is also available on the City’s website. Additional information regarding how to apply for or renew a passport can be found at the U.S. Department of State’s federal website.

The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for administering and supervising municipal elections; ensuring legislative compliance, administering the City’s record management program; supervising coordinating, and distributing City Council meeting agendas, providing oversight of the City’s 14 commissions, committees, and boards, and overseeing the Passport Acceptance program. For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 253-5851 or send an email.

 

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