Learn about the county clerk in your area.
The County Clerk is a state municipality that is authorized by the federal government to help US citizens apply for their passports. The county clerk, similar to the post office advises applicants on the required documents and how to apply for their US passport. They are considered acceptance agents.
Clerks of the court offer routine and expedited passport applications nationwide. They also do not require appointments as the most post office is due so this is a viable option when you’re in a rush to get your document scene and adjudicated for either sending it off with the clerk to the national passport center or using a registered passport expediting company.
If you have an appointment at a regional passport agency because you’re traveling within the next 14 days or 30 days in a visas required you do not need to go to the clerk. The regional agency also acts as a post office as when you appear at a regional facility they act as the acceptance agent and do everything all in one shot.
If you are applying for a sealed hand, carry envelope at the clerk make sure you bring your shipping label with you because they do not offer shipping like the post office. The great news is they will verify all your required documents before sending your passport application off for processing which is another option opposed to waiting in line for hours at a post office or regional center.