Sutter County Clerk Recorder Donna Johnston was pleased with the response to ‘Passport Day’ - a special Saturday opening of the Clerk-Recorder’s Office in March - to help residents get prepared for major changes in the laws about traveling outside of, and returning to, the United States.
The Clerk-Recorder’s Office issued 29 passport applications in a five-hour period, or about three times the average number of applications for a typical eight-hour weekday.
“Last year, we issued about 2,400 passports, which worked out to about nine a day, so we were very pleased with the response to opening up for a few hours on a Saturday,” Mrs. Johnston said.
The Clerk-Recorder opened the office on a Saturday, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department’s “Passport Day In The USA”. This promotion was implemented to remind United States citizens that beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government, in order to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean - at land borders and sea ports of entry.