As the demand for international travel increases, Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett announced her office will open Saturday, Aug. 7 to help travelers to apply for passports.
Customers can visit the Clerk’s Recording Department from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for assistance. The office is located at 2115 Second Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Fort Myers.
“As more international destinations open up and cruise ships begin to sail, travelers are starting to plan trips overseas,” Doggett said. “To help those who haven’t been able to get to our office during week days to apply for passports, we decided to open our doors on a Saturday.”
Appointments are required and can be made at www.leeclerk.org/appointment. Customers are asked to save time by downloading and completing their passport applications prior to coming into the office. Forms must be completed in black ink.
Two forms of payment are also required, including at least one check or money order. To learn more about passport fees or to download forms, visit www.leeclerk.org/passports.
Applicants must bring their own passport photo, which can be taken at local pharmacies and other retailers.
Passports take up to 18 weeks to be processed by the U.S. Department of State. Those who need their passports sooner can purchase expedited processing and receive their passport within 12 weeks. There are currently nearly 2 million passport applications being processed by the U.S. Department of State.
During Passport Day, all other recording services will be offered. Customers will be able to record documents, such as deeds and mortgages, and apply for marriage licenses. A second Passport Day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information about passports or services provided by the Lee Clerk’s office, visit its website.