Following the Sheridan City Council adoption of resolution 13-17, the City will now serve as a Passport Acceptance Facility. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
The City recently received certification from the United States Department of State to implement the Passport Application Acceptance program. City Public Works Director Nic Bateson said the idea came about because of the fact that there is no other eligible facility in Sheridan that accepts passport applications. He said they began looking at the feasibility of implementing the program several months ago.
Bateson said the Customer Service Division will handle the processing of the applications, and that all of the Customer Service Technicians have been certified as Acceptance Agents under the program. He said they anticipate receiving up to 800 applications annually and that they will charge a $25 processing fee per application. Bateson said people will still be required to obtain an official passport photograph prior to making a trip to City Hall.
Bateson said that although fully certified, they still have to wait a bit before they can begin processing applications.
Bateson said the operational expense of the program is estimated at $3,000 a year and that it would be managed within the Customer Service Division budget.