Dauphin County Prothonotary's Office now full-service U.S. passport processing facility

HARRISBURG, PA (August 29, 2018) – Dauphin County Prothonotary Matt Krupp today announced that his office is now able to take photos for U.S. passport applications, making it a one-stop shop for processing passport applications.

Although the Dauphin County Prothonotary has long served as Dauphin County’s Passport Acceptance Facility, the office was not equipped to take passport photos.  Previously, customers were required to obtain photos at other locations, such as FedEx or CVS, prior to bringing their passport applications to the Prothonotary’s Office for processing. Over the past five years, the Prothonotary’s Office has processed nearly 6,000 passport applications, generating approximately $150,000 in revenue for the county.

“Thanks to $4,668 in funding approved by the county commissioners, we’re able to process new passport applications in minutes,” said Krupp. “It’s quick and convenient, and we hope residents will take advantage of this new service.”

The funding was used to purchase a camera, printer, tripod and screen to generate the photos that meet U.S. passport requirements.

“We applaud him for improving customer service and looking for ways to increase revenue for the county,” said Dauphin County Board Chairman Jeff Haste.

U.S. Passport fees range from $110 for an adult, and $80 for a child.  The Prothonotary’s Office charges an administrative fee of $35 per passport application and a fee of $10 per photo, which is less than what many other retailers charge.  Applicants can expect to receive their passports in four to six weeks. The office also offers expedited service – 2- to 3-week delivery - for an additional $75.89 per application. Passport fees must be paid with a check or money order.

“It’s a small investment that will generate a positive return for the county,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, “and will streamline services for residents.”

This new service is currently available at the Prothonotary’s Office, Dauphin County Courthouse, 101 Market St., Room 101, Harrisburg.

“We’re always looking for ways to provide the best possible service to citizens while keeping a lid on costs,” said Dauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III.

For more information about these services, please call 717-780-6500 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org.

To learn more about the requirements and fees for U.S. passports, visit www.travel.state.gov.