Miami-Dade County

The State Dept. wouldn’t release where the temporary passport offices are. Here’s where they are Monday.

U.S. passport.
U.S. passport. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The U.S. State Department opened “temporary urgent passport locations” on Monday in North Dade and Kendall U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices to conduct business while the Miami Passport Agency’s Omni Building office recovers from an April 23 burst pipe damage.

Just don’t expect the government to let the public know that.

The locations weren’t on the Miami Passport Agency’s web page. The Twitter feed the page tells citizens to follow for the latest updates, @TravelGov. which didn’t tell the locations

A State Department spokesman e-mailed that “Passport applicants are requested to call, as hours and locations will vary” and the State Department “will not be providing a list of temporary locations, instead applicants may call NPIC to be given a set appointment and location.”

Before you call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD), know that the temporary locations (at least Monday) are at the USCIS offices at 14675 SW 120th St. (Kendall) and 5880 NW 183rd St. (North Dade, but it’s called the Hialeah office).

As Miami Passport Agency Director Ryan Dooley said last week, only those traveling in the next two weeks who need a passport swiftly might need to visit an agency office. Dooley said a temporary office would have most of the capabilities of a fully-run Miami Passport Agency, save being able to print a passport on-site. For that, a trip to the Atlanta or New Orleans office is necessary.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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