WEST HARRIS COUNTY – Due to high demand, the Harris County District Clerk’s suburban passport office in the Katy area recently expanded the days that it operates. Passport services are now available three days a month at the satellite office, up from one day a month.
“The Katy office and the other suburban passport offices have proven so popular that we needed to increase the number of days they are open,” said Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel. “People like our passport service because it is quick and efficient,” he added.
The Katy area office is located in the Katherine Tyra Branch Library, 16719 Clay Road, which is between Barker Cypress and Highway 6.
The office is open the fourth Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each month. Hours on Tuesday are noon-4:30 p.m. Hours on Wednesday are 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Hours on Thursday are 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Daniel launched the District Clerk’s passport service in 2013 after witnessing long lines for passports at post offices. “I just thought that we could do better,” he said. “We’ve become the other place to get a passport.”
The District Clerk’s main passport office is in the Harris County Civil Courthouse in downtown Houston, and it operates during work hours, five days a week. It has become known for its rapid service, attracting increasing number of customers.
Daniel says Harris County residents have urged him to open satellite offices in their communities so he make it a reality in 2016.
Appointments at the satellite offices may be made by calling the District Clerk’s Office at 832-927-5690. Walk-ins are welcome.
“Katy residents no longer have to face long lines to get passports,” Daniel said. “The District Clerk’s Office believes in meeting people’s needs,” he added.