On September 25, representatives from the U.S. Department of State were on hand as the Division of Student Services opened a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office in the Career Development Center.
Only a few California universities have passport acceptance facilities.
It has long been a vision of Vice President Doug Robinson that CSULB graduates would leave the university with a diploma in one hand and a passport in the other. Robinson asked Manuel Pérez, the director of the Career Development Center, to research the process for CSULB to be designated by the State Department as an official passport application acceptance site. In early August, Pérez received notification that the university won the official authorization.
The office provides information and services on how to obtain, replace or renew a U.S. passport or passport card. Passport application materials are forwarded to the State Department for processing and passports and/or passport cards are mailed to the applicant’s home in approximately four weeks.
According to Pérez, there are thousands of passport acceptance facilities in the United States, but most facilities are in post offices. Only a few California universities have such sites. “As a campus that is known for its international programs and commitment for preparing its students to succeed in a global society, CSULB is a natural fit for such a service,” says Pérez. “I think the passport program will encourage students to think globally. It is a much-needed campus service.”
“With a student population of approaching 37,000, a passport acceptance facility will assist the campus community with its commitment to prepare students to participate in all levels of the global economy,” says Robinson. “The convenience of being able to apply for a passport on campus will provide the university community, including local residents, with an advantage that isn’t available at other universities. In the future, I envision that our students will cross the stage at commencement with a diploma and a passport. When this happens, CSULB will have achieved its goal of helping students become true global citizens.”
The U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office is located in the Career Development Center in Brotman Hall, room 250. It is open to the campus community and the public by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information about passport services at CSULB, visit passport.csulb.edu.