Travelers desperate for passports flock to VT

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - People from different states are flocking to bluish Vermont to people passports. The U.S. Passport Agency successful St. Albans is 1 of conscionable a fewer offices successful the state that issues same-day passports to walk-in applicants.

Thursday until astir 1 p.m., determination was a monolithic enactment wrapped astir the building. We counted 50 radical successful enactment astatine 1 point. And it wasn’t conscionable Vermonters. It was radical from each crossed the country, arsenic acold distant arsenic Texas.

It was an unusually engaged time astatine the Vermont passport agency. Dozens of radical from retired of authorities stood successful enactment for hours hoping to get their passports quickly.

“The flight’s tomorrow, truthful we request it,” said Lyudmila Pitts of Amherst, Massachusetts.

“I person a trip. I permission retired time morning,” said Kevin Wade of San Antonio, Texas.

“Next weekend,” said Richard Smith of Queens, New York.

They accidental they tried the accepted process archetypal which involves submitting an exertion astatine a determination installation and getting the passport by mail. But they haven’t arrived.

“My passport’s been successful process for implicit six weeks present already done the regular process, truthful this was similar the past chance,” Smith said. “You can’t get into the bureau successful New York oregon anyplace else.”

“I really sent it disconnected successful clip but they denied my representation due to the fact that the Walmart lensman didn’t cognize however to instrumentality a passport picture,” Wade said.

That’s erstwhile they decided to find a mode astir it. They accidental they Googled which passport agencies successful the state let walk-ins and recovered lone Hawaii and Vermont do.

“We’re not moving with overmuch here. Yeah, yeah. The remainder of them, it’s each appointments oregon nonstop it in,” said James Pitts of Amherst, Massachusetts.

So, with constricted options, they hopped successful their cars and drove to Vermont from New York, Massachusetts, adjacent Texas. Some spent the nighttime extracurricular of the passport bureau portion others arrived archetypal happening successful the morning.

“But we were precocious compared to everybody else. In hindsight, we should’ve been present astatine 6:30 oregon 6,” James Pitts said.

Most radical got successful but a fistful of radical were turned distant astatine 1 p.m. erstwhile the bureau could nary longer accommodate the fig of requests.

Those who were denied accidental they’ll beryllium back.

“We’ll enactment the nighttime and we’ll get successful tomorrow,” James Pitts said. “We request the passports.”

We did effort to interrogation the employees astatine the bureau but they referred america to the office successful Washington, D.C. We made respective attempts to interaction them but were unsuccessful.

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