Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement to announce that the Merced County Registrar of Voters’ Office is designated as an official passport acceptance facility and will accept passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State. Rep. Costa was instrumental in coordinating with the State Department’s U.S. Passports and International Travel San Francisco Passport Agency to ensure that residents in Merced have access to passport services.
“Passport services should be accessible to all Americans, and that’s why my staff and I worked hard to ensure that Merced County residents have a local passport office,” said Rep. Costa. “Re-establishing passport services in Merced required collaboration among all levels government, and I applaud the County of Merced for its efforts during this process.”
Upon reading a letter to the editor that was in the Merced Sun-Star on April 24, 2016, Rep. Costa set out to meet with the San Francisco Passport Agency Director to bring a passport office back to Merced. He facilitated meetings to find an appropriate location, and the Merced County Registrar of Voters’ Office was finalized as the location in October 2016.