AURORA | The United States Postal Service announced Oct. 29 that it will be consolidating many metro area passport issuances to one Aurora office.
As of Oct. 31, north Aurora’s Altura Station Post Office, located at 15355 E. Colfax Ave., will be a one-stop shop for people looking to obtain a U.S. passport.
“Consolidating all passport operations into one location will improve efficiency,” Joelle Zamora, Aurora postmaster, said in a statement.
The new passport center will have full-time agents on-hand five days a week in order to help smooth the application process. Applicants will also be able to take passport photos on-site, according to a USPS press release.
The consolidation will result in the discontinuation of passport application services at several other post offices around the metro area, including: The Aurora Main Post Office, Aurora Fletcher, Aurora Gateway, Capitol Hill in Denver, Denver General Mail and Sunnyside.
Passport services will be phased out at the aforementioned locations, with all passport operations there halted by the start of 2016, according to David Rupert, postal spokesman for Colorado.
All other post offices in the metro area will continue to receive and process passport applications.
Rupert said that the decision to cluster the new services in Aurora was tied to the city’s growing international community.
“The reasoning was to improve the availability and access to Aurora’s international population,” Rupert said. “We were piecemealing (passport services) at all of the other locations, whereas this will be one big dedicated center.”
About 28 percent of the Aurora facility’s 80011 ZIP Code was born outside of the U.S., according to the most recent American Community Survey data, which is an offshoot of the U.S. Census.
The USPS processed more than 11,100 passports in Aurora last year alone, according to Rupert.
A list of required documentation to get a U.S. passport can be found at travel.state.gov.
The Altura Station Post Office adheres to the following hours:
• 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
• 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Closed Sunday and Monday.