The news has been full of stories about passports! In this Passport News Roundup, we have lots of upcoming Passport Days across the country and some wacky passport stories from across the pond.
With summer travel season on the horizon, many Passport Acceptance Facilities are planning Passport Days to help make it easier for travelers to apply for new passports. Passport Days are special events during which travelers can come to a Passport Acceptance Facility for passport service without an appointment. They’re normally held outside of normal business hours, to make it easier for people who work full time to attend.
Upcoming Passport Days
Saturday, April 23
- Apopka, FL – 10am to 2pm at the Orange County Clerk of Courts, 1111 Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL
- Clearwater, FL – 9:15am to 12:15 pm at the Clearwater Main Post Office, 100 S. Belcher, Clearwater FL
- Huntsville, AL – 10am to 1pm at the Wynn Post Office, 645 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL
- Lakeland, FL – 8am to 3pm at the Lakeland Main Post Office, 2800 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland FL
- Land O Lakes, FL – 9am to 12 noon at the Land O Lakes Post Office, 5230 Land O Lakes Boulevard, Land O Lakes, FL
- Monroreville, PA – 11am to 5pm at the Monroeville Post Office, 2630 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, PA
- Newnan, GA – 12 noon to 3pm at the Newnan Post Office, 60 Postal Parkway, Newnan, GA
- Wichita Falls, TX – 8am to 2pm at the Wichita Falls Main Post Office, 1000 Lamar Street, Wichita Falls, TX
Tuesday, April 26
- East Windsor, NJ – 3pm to 7pm at the East Windsor Municipal Building,16 Lanning Boulevard, East Windsor, NJ
- Penfield, NY – extended hours from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY
Saturday, April 30
- Anacortes, WA – 10am to 4pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes, WA
- Pleasant Hills, PA – 11am to 5:30 pm at the Pleasant Hills Post Office, 500 Regis Avenue, Pleasant Hills, PA
Saturday, May 7
- Penn Hills, PA – 11am to 5:30pm at the Penn Hills Post Office, 11650 Penn Hills Drive, Penn Hills, PA
Tuesday, May 17
- East Windsor, NJ – 10am. to 3pm at the East Windsor Municipal Building,16 Lanning Boulevard, East Windsor, NJ
Passport News of the Weird
This week’s wacky passport news stories all come from the United Kingdom. The ongoing saga of artist Oscar Murillo remains in the news. The young artist, who is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Colombia, made headlines last month when he flushed his British passport down an airplane toilet during a flight to Sydney, Australia. The artist confirms that this wasn’t just a moment of madness – he did it as a calculated protest of the privilege enjoyed by citizens of Western nations. Murillo was detained in Australia for two days before being deported, and has now returned to the United Kingdom after a round-the-world journey via Spain and Colombia.
Another British citizen, Laura Matthews, was denied a passport by the UK Passport Office, and had to legally change her name before she could be issued one! In 2008, Matthews had legally changed her name to add “Skywalker” as her middle name, and adopted the signature “L Skywalker.” When she applied for a passport in 2014, she signed her application “L Skywalker.” Her application was denied because the Passport Office said that “L Skywalker” was a trademark and could not be used as a signature. After two years without a passport, Matthews gave up the fight and changed her name again to give up the name Skywalker.
While Her Majesty’s citizens have been up to these passport shenanigans, it’s now come to light that Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t even have a passport! The reigning monarch, who is about to celebrate her 90th birthday, has visited 117 countries around the globe but has never held a passport. It’s good to be Queen!