January 10, 2011
Tulare County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder Roland Hill announced today a regulation from the United States Department of State will halt the Tulare County Clerk’s Division in Visalia from being a passport acceptance facility. The Clerk’s Division will no longer accept passport applications on January 31, 2011.
Hill said the regulation, as part of the Federal Passport Acceptance Program, prohibits facilities that issue birth records from being an approved passport acceptance facility – a location where residents apply for passports. After residents fill out their applications, the paperwork is sent on to the United States Passport Services, who ultimately issues the passports. There are 14 passport acceptance facilities throughout Tulare County.