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Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department is proud to announce the grand opening of Passport Services inside its expanded South County Branch Office in Laguna Hills. Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. in the Laguna Hills Civic Center at 24031 El Toro Rd., Suite 160, in Laguna Hills. Several civic leaders plan to attend, and the public is invited.

“With travel demand on the rise, this is the perfect time to offer South County residents convenient and easily accessible passport services,” said Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen. “This location is basically a one-stop shop for passports, even offering passport photos for a low cost of $7,” he added. 

The Passport Services is located inside the department’s new expansion suite. Customers will be able to apply and submit their applications for a passport and obtain their passport photos. Applicants born in Orange County will have the ability to obtain their birth certificates, needed for their application, in Suite 150. Customers will save time and money by not having to travel far from their homes to obtain passport services. The Laguna Hills office also offers free and convenient parking.

Only new passport applications will be accepted at this location. Renewal applications will not be accepted. Due to demand, appointments are highly recommended; however, walk-ins are welcomed. All applicants must bring a completed and unsigned passport application prior to visiting the office. To complete an online application and to make an appointment for passport services, please visit us online at OCRecorder.comAppointments will be available starting Monday, May 15, 2023.

Passport application fees must be paid by check or money order and are made out to the U.S. Department of State. A Clerk-Recorder Department processing fee of $35 can be paid using any form of payment. As an added convenience, passport photos are available on the spot for the low cost of $7. For complete fee information, please visit this link:

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