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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The main branch of the U.S. Post Office in Lake Charles has stopped processing passport applications in what appears to be an unexpected decision by the State Department.
U.S. Post Office Spokesperson McKinney Boyd issued this statement to 7News:
"We are working with the State Department to establish alternate options to process passports for residents in Lake Charles," he said.
Boyd said he does not know what could have caused the decision to stop passport processing but stressed they are working to find alternate options.
For immediate assistance, passport applications are being processed at the locations in Bell City, DeRidder, Leesville and Oakdale and the Jennings Clerk of Court.
The Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court's Office also plans to start processing passports. Tune in to later editions of 7News for more information on that process.
The following is a statement released by Philip Pusateri from the New Orleans Passport Agency:
"The U.S. Post Office at 921 Moss St. in Lake Charles was deactivated as an authorized passport application acceptance facility on September 14th of this year because this facility was no longer able to fulfill the requirements of the program. Should you have any additional questions regarding the Lake Charles Post Office, I would suggest that you direct them to USPS.
In the near future, a replacement acceptance facility will open to conveniently serve all residents of Lake Charles. At that time, I would be very happy to send you the information that you can share with your viewing and online audiences.
In the interim, Lake Charles residents who wish to apply for passports can visit the U.S. Post Office in Bell City, LA. This facility is located at 7206 B Street. Applications are accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding the noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour. Appointments are required. The phone number at the Bell City facility is (337) 622-3768."