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The Anacortes library is holding a passport fair this Saturday. It’s an opportunity to apply for a U.S. passport with passport agents on hand.

With the upsurge in travel and the tighter requirements of the "Real ID Act," many people are applying for a U.S. passport. The turnaround time for passports currently is 6 to 8 weeks. For an additional fee of $60 a passport application can be expedited, with a turnaround time of approximately 3 weeks.

New passports: If you’re one of the many applying for the first time, the Anacortes Public Library is holding a "Passport Fair" on Sat., April 30, 10am to 4pm. Six passport agents will be available so you can drop by during those hours for new passport application assistance and processing. Appointments are not required during this special Saturday event; appointments are required during regular Saturday hours.

Regular passport service at the Library:
· Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon--6pm -- Walk-in service
· Saturdays, 1--4pm -- Make appointment online at

Anacortes Public Library is the only library in Washington serving as a passport acceptance facility and the only facility north of Seattle that provides Saturday passport service. The agents at the Library processed nearly 600 passport applications in 2015 and may match or surpass that total in 2016. January 2016 started the year with a record 76 applications processed in one month; the previous record was 69.

This Passport Fair is being held to facilitate the passport application process in advance of the summer travel season. We encourage you to attend!

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times