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Passports
updated: Jan 29, 2013, 1:54 PM

Is there anywhere in Santa Barbara to renew a passport or do you have to mail it in?


Places People Are Talking About:

Goleta Post Office

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 368639 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:58 PM

Main Post Office. Anacapa and Canon Perdido. Walk up to the counter on the left side.

 

 COMMENT 368642 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:01 PM

Post Office - they will have the forms and instructions, you can pay extra to expedite it, otherwise it takes a couple months

 

 COMMENT 368664 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:52 PM

Post office, as others have said, is the most efficient office.

However, even if you need it expedited, it will still take approx 6-8 weeks. Normal wait times right now are about 90 days.

So if you plan to travel within 4 weeks, you can make an appt at the passport office in LA. I'm not a paid subscriber, so I can't post a link, but you can google them. They are in the Federal Building on Wilshire.

 

 COMMENT 368678 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:18 PM

I wouldn't necessarily believe those long turn-around times for getting passports -- got mine processed and returned to me in less than 2 weeks when I renewed in October (the clerk at the post office said 2 weeks was what she generally expects for turn around). But why not renew through the mail? The post office has to mail your application to the Dept of State, so you probably save time (and maybe some money) by filling out the form and mailing it yourself. If you do go to the post office, print out the forms from the website and fill them out before you go in. It will make the process much quicker and easier.

 

 COMMENT 368681 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:23 PM

I had a very pleasant experience at the Post Office in Goleta. I took the whole family to get our passports and a nice lady came out from her office and got us started while we were in line. Took no time at all. Just remember, they take your birth certificate to process the passport documents and send it back to you in a separate envelope from the passport. Take a picture or make a copy of it I case it gets lost.

 

 COMMENT 368686P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:28 PM

As a travel professional I can advise you that you can fill out the forms for a renewal and mail them in. Right now renewals without any problems are being returned in 2-4 weeks. Of course you can pay extra and get them faster. In case of emergency you can go to LA with an appointment and get same day service if you are traveling right away.

 

 COMMENT 368689 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:29 PM

The County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse works well.

 

 COMMENT 368700 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:50 PM

Get the form online, fill it out, get your photos, and mail it in 2-4 weeks, and the old one shows up separately about a week later

 

 COMMENT 368733 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 04:22 PM

678, I just filed to renew mine and was told 6-10 weeks.

I would err on the side of believing the long wait times, particularly of the OP needs to travel quicker than that time frame, or close to it.

 

 COMMENT 368740 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 04:31 PM

The County Clerks office at the Courthouse DOES NOT process Passports anymore. In fact it's been a couple of years since they stopped doing it.

 

 COMMENT 368746 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 04:45 PM

733: Who told you that? My personal experience was quite different, and the travel professional (who probably has more experience than either of us) also said they've been seeing them in 2 - 4 weeks.

The OP didn't imply that they needed it quickly. Passports have gotten really expensive as it is. wouldn't pay the extra $60 unless I was pretty sure I really needed to.

 

 COMMENT 368761 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 05:04 PM

I just renewed both my children's passports through the Patterson Post Office. Got them both back in 10 days and their birth certificates back 4 days later. No use copying the birth certificate like suggested above, then it's not certified. If it's lost you'll have to request and pay $17 for another certified one.

 

 COMMENT 368789 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 05:55 PM

I've also had a good experience with the passport office at the UCSB Recreation Center.

 

 COMMENT 368795P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 06:06 PM

I got my renewed at UCSB.

 

 COMMENT 368884 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 06:24 AM

the Post Office and UCSB are trained by the state department to start the process, they still have to be mailed to the state department Passport office. You do not need a passport clerk for a renewal, just fill out the paperwork, include your old passport (which will be mailed back to you) and one proper photo and your check made out to the state department. Really quite easy!

 

 COMMENT 368915 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 07:58 AM

Five star service from the Goleta post office on Patterson. Typically seems to take a week and a half to four weeks, but if you absilutely must have it quickly, the only sure thing is the Federal Building in Westwood (near UCLA) on Wilshire, assuming it isn't shut down or restricted due to protesters, etc, then ya gotta go to Frisco.

 

 COMMENT 368917 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:05 AM

Can you take your own photo? What are the details to observe if you take your own photo? Thanks!

 

 COMMENT 368919 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:06 AM

I renewed mine at the Goleta Post Office on Patterson and it was very easy. They handle everything even the pictures if you need one.
My partner needed one quick and had it done in LA on Wilshire. It was also very easy & quick (just a few days). It costs quite a bit extra $$, but if you are traveling within 2 weeks of needing it, it is a great option.

 

 MESAJIM agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:15 AM

Soooo, let me get this straight: In order to RENEW a passport, you have to submit a copy of your birth certificate AGAIN, even though you submitted one already for the previous passport? Makes perfect sense...

 

 COMMENT 369113P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 03:20 PM

The gentleman at the Main Post Office is fabulous! Polite and knowledgeable.....it only took about two weeks for two new passports and two renewals using the expedited option.

 

 COMMENT 531302 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-28 09:11 AM

The only 2 places that do it now is the goleta Post Office at 400 storke rd and the UCSB rec center (with an appt). The PO does not require an appt

 

 

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