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Need To Get Your Passport But Can't Get An Appointment? The Van Nuys Post Office Is Here To Help

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The Van Nuys Post Office is holding a passport application fair this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m where those who need to renew or apply for a passport can show up and get their application processed, no appointment needed.

The post office will help the first 500 people with their paperwork, but they expect to see a larger crowd, given the recent demand for passport services. Postal Service spokesperson Evelina Ramirez says many people put off renewing or applying for a passport because of the pandemic.

She says now that more countries are lifting restrictions, there's a lot more desire to travel internationally. But now it's hard to get an appointment for a passport.

"I've been getting hundreds of calls asking for passport application appointments. Our schedules are months booked in advance," Ramirez says.

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And it's not just the lack of appointments that's slowing things down — it's also taking longer than usual for the State Department to process those applications.

Anyone showing up for the passport fair should bring a completed application, along with all the other required documents.

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