Rhode Island Passport Offices – How to get a passport in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Passport Offices are in many locations across the state. The most convenient place you will find one is at the post office. When visiting the post office, a certified agent will take your documents, fees and package them for processing. The average processing time is 4-6 weeks, so plan your trip or vacation accordingly. Other locations that do accept applications are courthouses, county clerk’s offices, and public libraries. Some of these locations require an appointment, so please call before visiting one.

Expedited service is also available at some of these sites. The cost is more than the average price, but the benefit is that you get your document in 2-3 weeks, if you use expedited service. This services will be reviewed, in detail, later on. But first, here is a list of some passport offices in some cities across Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Passport Offices

Facility Address City Phone
Bristol Post Office 515 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 Bristol (401) 253-5821
Newport Post Office 320 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840 Newport (401) 847-2329
Pawtucket Post Office 40 Montgomery St, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Pawtucket (401) 729-7801
Pawtucket Public Library 13 Summer Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Pawtucket (401) 725-3714
Providence Main Post Office C/O Mowu, Providence, RI 02904 Providence (401) 276-6821
Warwick Post Office 325 Strawberry Field Rd, Warwick, RI 02886 Warwick (401) 468-1077
Westerly Post Office 110 Tom Harvey Rd, Westerly, RI 02891 Westerly (401) 596-1181
Woonsocket Post Office 127 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Woonsocket (401) 769-1621

Expedited Passport Services

Expedited services are available if you need a passport in a rush. After booking your dream vacation package and now realizing your passport needs to renew, an expeditor is one of two options you have to get a new passport. With this service, the documents and fees are submitted on your behalf, and a rush is placed on the application. By doing these essential things, you are likely to have a new passport in 2-3 weeks. All this can be done on the internet instead of going into a physical place. However, if you need a passport sooner than 2-3 weeks, then a passport agent would be the better choice.

A passport agency has the authority to provide a passport in as little as 24 hours. This short notice would be considered an emergency; therefore, you must provide proof of one. To get an appointment at an agency, call the National Passport Center at (877) 487-2778. Unfortunately,  not every state has an agency so you might need to go to another. Rhode Island does not have one but here is a list of the nearest agencies in other states:

Boston Passport Agency
Tip O’Neil Federal Building
10 Causeway St, Room 247, Boston, MA 02222

Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

National Passport Agency
207 Internation Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Hours
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

Buffalo Passport Agency
111 Genesee St, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14203

Hours
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday

8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed on Federal Holidays

REAL ID Act of 2005

The REAL ID Act of 2005 will soon affect anyone who uses their state-issued ID card or driver’s license as identification to board a plane. This law requires all states incorporate standard security features on these two documents. Some states already changed their ID cards while others are still in the process to do so. For the noncompliant, by October 10, 2018, their ID cards must have the security features. Otherwise, they will not be accepted by TSA  agents. To avoid being stopped by TSA, a list is on their website with some alternative documents. Here are a few of these documents from the site:

  • 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

If you have one of these documents, use it when you fly otherwise you will be delayed, or worst scenario missed your flight.

 

Below you will find a list of passport processing facilities in and around your county. Click on the one nearest you to get the necessary information you will need.

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