After 12 years of providing travelers with passports, the Waitsfield Town Office is no longer able to accept passport applications for processing starting May 1.
Those seeking passports will now have to go to the Waterbury Post Office where passport applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and by appointments on Saturday.
Waitsfield Town Clerk Jennifer Peterson said that the federal government is not letting town clerks or other town employees process passport applications if that same person/persons has access to the vital records such as birth certificates and death certificates. Only towns or post offices or libraries that can provide a person with no vital record access to process passports will be able to do so after May 1.
“We are disappointed to announce that the U.S. Department of State will no longer allow our office to accept passport applications for processing as of May 1, 2011. It is advised that anyone intending to get a passport call the Waterbury Post Office at 244-7318 to be sure he/she has all the necessary materials before going to Waterbury,” said Peterson.
She suggested having applications filled out beforehand and said that up-to-date forms can be completed and printed from the U.S. Department of State’s website: www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. The Waitsfield Town Office has blank forms, but it is unknown at this time if the U.S. Department of State will continue to send us forms as they are updated.