New Mexico Passport Offices – How to get a passport in New Mexico

Is your passport near expiration or expired? No need to worry since there are plenty of passport acceptance facilities in New Mexico. The most convenient and secure place you will find one is in a post office. Yes, I said a post office. Post offices have certified agents to accept applications and fees from anyone who applies for a passport. Once you submit all the required documents along with the costs, you can now wait for about 4-6 weeks to get your new document in the mail.

The 4-6 weeks is the standard processing time it takes; however, expedited service is also available. The service allows you to get a passport in half the average time it takes, but it cost more. This topic will be discussed in detail later on. Apart from the post offices, there are other locations like courthouses, county clerk’s offices, and libraries that accept applications. You can stop by the nearest site and submit your form.

Here is a list of some acceptance facilities in cities across New Mexico.

New Mexico Passport Offices

Facility Address City                      Phone
Alamogordo Passport Office 930 E. 12th Street
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Alamogordo (575) 437-9390
Manzano Station 11600 Haines Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Albuquerque (505) 346-0947
Los Alamos Post Office 199 Central Park Square
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Los Alamos (505) 662-2153
Las Cruces Main Post Office 201 E. Las Cruces Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Las Cruces (575) 523-2250
Las Vegas Post Office 1001 Douglas Ave
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Las Vegas (505) 4259387
De Vargas Mall Post Office 564 North Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Santa Fe (505) 988-6354
Silver City Post Office 500 N. Hudson Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Silver City (575) 538-2831
Farmington Main Post Office 2301 E. 20th Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Farmington (505) 324-3055

Expediting a Passport Application in New Mexico

Expediting a passport is the best way to get one faster than the standard processing time. With this service, you can have it in 2-3 weeks. To have it that quick; you must provide proof of travel like an itinerary with a departure date of at least 2-3 weeks. Also, pay the fee for the service and the passport application.

You can also get a passport in 24 hours if you have an emergency that requires you to leave the country very soon. In a case like this, a passport agency is a service you will need. Unfortunately, passport agencies are not in every state. To find the nearest one, call the National Passport Center at (877) 487-2778 and ask for an appointment. Since these offices are in Federal Buildings, you must get an appointment to submit your documents.

As you may know, Federal Buildings are not open on Federal Holidays; therefore, plan accordingly. As of now, there is no passport agency in New Mexico, but the nearest ones address and operational hours are below.

El Paso Passport Agency
Anson Mills Building
303 N Oregon Street, El Paso, TX 79901

Hours
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday through Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

Colorado Passport Agency
Cherry Creek III
3151 South Vaughn Way, Suite 600, Aurora, CO 80014

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

10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

Western Passport Office
7373 East Rosewood Street, Tucson, AZ 85710

 Hours
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday, Friday

9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

REAL ID Act of 2005

The REAL ID Act passed by Congress will affect anyone who uses a state-issued ID card or driver’s license as identification at an airport. Every state ID cards must have standard security features to prevent counterfeiting. ID cards without them will not be accepted, and therefore an alternate ID must be used. Currently, there is an extension for noncompliant states which will end on October 10, 2018. After such time and if these states remain noncompliant, there are other identifications, listed on TSA website, that are acceptable. Here is a list of some of these IDs:

  • 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

The most common of the list that everyone is entitled to get, given you are an American citizen, is a passport. So, you will be able to use a passport for domestic and international trips.  It is best to get a passport if the one you have will expire soon or have expired. By having one, you will be prepared just case an emergency may arise.

 

Below, you will find a more detailed list of passport acceptance facilities in New Mexico.

New Mexico Passport Offices - How to get a passport in New Mexico Passport Locations

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