Got a passport? Plenty of people wait until the last minute and are surprised when the application process sometimes takes as long as six weeks. Normally you'd have to wait to make an appointment first, but you're in luck, Seattle, because we've found a shortcut to get you that little blue ticket to paradise quickly and without an appointment.
Each year, for one day only, the State Department hosts a "Passport Day" to get the tourist season off on the right foot. This Saturday, March 10th, is that day. You can come in to one of the regional offices without an appointment and have your passport back as early as tax day (or even April Fools if you want to shell out $60 for a 2-3 week rush). There are 12 passport offices in Washington open on Saturday, five in the King County area. Heck, there's even one right in downtown Seattle. The full list can be found here.
If you're getting a passport for the first time, check out the paperwork you'll need to bring with you. These are mostly things like a birth certificate, I.D., a couple passport photos, etc. If you have any questions, this site covers most of the bases.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a cringe-worthy performance in this two-minute Passport Day promo video below. Just for kicks, listen in as she painfully tries to sound excited while reading cue cards she definitely did not write. She may be saying "I'll never forget the first time I used my passport" but her tone says "I can't believe they're making me do this video all over again. Didn't we do this last year? I wonder what Barry's up to. Not reading from cue cards, that's what. Lower the cards! LOWER!"