North Carolina Passport Offices – How to get a passport in North Carolina

The process of getting a passport can sometimes be painful. However, having the right person to provide the correct information can help eliminate some of the stress. So, if you choose to do the process, the first thing would be to locate an acceptance facility. There are many locations, and you can visit any of your choosing. The most convenient place to go is the post office. At the post office are certified agents who will take your application and fee. These agents will make sure you are submitting the correct form or forms and have the appropriate payment. They will then package and send everything to a processing center. At this point, all you need to do is wait 4-6 weeks for your new passport.

Other locations that will take your forms are courthouses, county clerk’s offices, and public libraries. Not all these sites are acceptance facilities, check before visiting one. Also, some require an appointment so call instead of just showing up. Apart from the average processing time, expediting services may be available at some sites. When you call for information, ask if this service is available. Keep into consideration the cost of speeding the process is separate from the application.

Below is a list of some facilities in cities across North Carolina.

North Carolina Passport Offices

Facility Address City Phone
Downtown Asheville Post Office 33 Coxe Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Asheville (828) 271-6429
Boone Main Post Office 1544 Blowing Rock RD
Boone, NC 28607
Boone (336) 931-9320
Charlotte Passport Acceptance Center 1820 Harris Houston DR
Charlotte, NC 28262
Charlotte (704) 717-2713
RTP Post Office 65 T W Alexander DR
Durham, NC 27709
Durham (919) 420-5343
Greensboro Main Post Office 201 N Murrow BLVD
Greensboro, NC 27401
Greensboro (336) 931-9320
City of Jacksonville – Center for Public Safety 200 Marine BLVD
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Jacksonville (910) 455-4000
Greenville MPO 300 W 2nd Street
Greenville, NC 27834
Greenville (919) 420-5343
NC State University Witherspoon Student Center 321
Raleigh, NC 27695
Raleigh (919) 515-2249

Expediting a Passport Application

Expediting an application is best for anyone who needs a passport sooner than four weeks. Using this option will cost an additional fee. To accelerate the process, there are specific conditions you must meet to get approval. First, your passport must soon expire or expired. Next, your trip should be earlier than four weeks. Proof of this would be a copy of your itinerary showing the travel date. Last, cover the cost of both application and expeditor. Once all of these terms are met, you can have your new document in about 2-3 weeks.

In case of an emergency, a passport agency can help by getting a passport in as little as 24 hours. You must visit the agency in person and present the required information and documents. But before you do, you must have an appointment. To get an appointment, call the National Passport Center at (877) 487-2778 and get the location and operating hours of the nearest agency. Most agencies are located in Federal Buildings; therefore, only applicants are allowed at the appointment. Also, not every state has an agency, so you may need to go to another.

North Carolina does not have an agency; the nearest are in Atlanta and Washington. Below are the addresses and hours of business.

Atlanta Passport Agency
230 Peachtree Street N.W., Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30303

Hours
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

10: am to 3:00 pm
Thursday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

Washington Passport Agency
600 19th Street, N.W.
First Floor, Sidewalk Level, Washington, DC 20006

Hours
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday through Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

REAL ID Act of 2005

Using your state-issued ID card or driver’s license at the airport to board your flight will soon become a problem. Congress established a new set of guidelines for all ID cards issued by every state. Each ID card must have standard security features, or TSA agents will not permit you to take your flight. As of now, some ID cards contain the securities, but others do not. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline to October 10, 2018, to all noncompliant states to get it done. If these noncompliant states remain the same way, residents must use another document like a passport. On the TSA website, there are a variety of acceptable documents. Here are a few from the list:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • HSPD-12 PIV card

At the moment the law is not fully implemented. Keep looking for updates so that you will be aware of any changes before going to the airport.

 

Below, you will find a more detailed list of passport acceptance facilities across North Carolina. You may visit any location to submit your forms.

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