The UCSB Rec Cen can issue passports?
Well, not exactly, the Rec Cen Customer Service Center is an authorized US Government Passport Acceptance Facility. You can avoid the hassles and long lines at the Post Office by making an appointment with us! We offer all the necessary forms, expedited service, and a friendly staff.
However, please note that our services are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Please call (805) 893-3552 to schedule an appointment.

What do we do?
We provide forms, accept your completed passport application and forward it to the U.S. Department of State for an issuance determination. Only the Department of State Processing Agency can make an issuance determination. We cannot.

Who/what is Passport Services?
Passport Services is part of the U.S. Department of State. The Department is responsible for making the final decision to issue or deny a U.S. passport - based on each individual application. Customers may be requested to provide additional information as determined by Department of State Processing Agency.

When is the UCSB Passport Acceptance Office open?
At this time we are accepting passport applications by appointment only. Please call (805) 893-3552 to schedule an appointment.

How long are passports taking to process?
Routine passport applications are taking 4-6 weeks. 
Expedite passports are taking 2-3 weeks. Go to for the most current processing times. 

How do customers check the status of applications?

Customers may check the status of their pending passport applications by calling the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778. They can also track their application status one week after submission. Check for details.

Where is your office?
Our office is located in the Customer Service Center at the UCSB Recreation Center. Just before entering the Recreation Center main entrance, turn right and walk just past the bathroom. Our entrance will be on your left. 

For more passport and international travel information, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website at