FLINT TWP. – A township application to become a U.S. Passport Facility has been denied by the U.S. Department of State National Passport Center.
Last month, the township board gave a green light to Clerk Kathy Funk to pursue an opportunity to become a Passport Acceptance Facility which can reportedly bring in up to $14,000 a year in revenues, through collected fees.
Funk brought the idea home from a Michigan Municipal Clerks Institute training she recently attended where she learned that many municipalities throughout Michigan were becoming Passport Acceptance Facilities.
Funk told the board at the outset that applying to join the program was not a guarantee of being accepted, which is based on various criteria including passport demand and the number of existing facilities in a community.
In fact, the letter of decline from the Passport Office Customer Service Manager stated that “there is not a current need for additional acceptance facilities in your area.”
Passports can be obtained at the U.S. Post Office. For a list of post offices closest to Flint Township, see web site at iafdb.travel.state.gov/ DefaultForm.aspx
Some post offices require an appointment. Processing times vary.
For expedited applications, there are 24 regional passport agencies nationwide including a regional office in Detroit, three high volume centers, two printing facilities in Arizona and Arkansas, and one Special Issuance Agency.
Headquartered in Washington D.C., passport services include regional passport agencies, and two customer contact centers in Lansing and in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2015, about 7.9 million (60 percent) of the 16 million passports issued were accepted through passport acceptance facilities, according to statistics Funk provided from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs which administers the Passport Acceptance Program.
Over the next two years, demand for passports is projected at 20 million issuances a year, according to the Bureau.
“We were turned down but at least we tried,” Funk said