Two Collin County passport offices shut down

Following+allegation+of+fraud%2C+the+Plano+and+McKinney+passport+offices+will+be+permanently+closed.+on+Tuesday.+Due+to+these+closures%2C+residents+of+Collin+County+must+find+new+locations+to+apply+for+passports%2C+such+as+the+Dallas+office+or+the+Frisco+Public+Library.
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Two Collin County passport offices shut down

Following allegation of fraud, the Plano and McKinney passport offices will be permanently closed. on Tuesday. Due to these closures, residents of Collin County must find new locations to apply for passports, such as the Dallas office or the Frisco Public Library.

Following allegation of fraud, the Plano and McKinney passport offices will be permanently closed. on Tuesday. Due to these closures, residents of Collin County must find new locations to apply for passports, such as the Dallas office or the Frisco Public Library.

Kasey Harvey

Following allegation of fraud, the Plano and McKinney passport offices will be permanently closed. on Tuesday. Due to these closures, residents of Collin County must find new locations to apply for passports, such as the Dallas office or the Frisco Public Library.

Kasey Harvey

Kasey Harvey

Following allegation of fraud, the Plano and McKinney passport offices will be permanently closed. on Tuesday. Due to these closures, residents of Collin County must find new locations to apply for passports, such as the Dallas office or the Frisco Public Library.

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A month after the U.S. Department of State temporarily closed Plano and McKinney passport offices amid allegations of fraud, the two offices were permanently shut down on Tuesday forcing local residents in need of a new passport to go to different locations.

Collin County District Clerk Lynne Finley was first notified via letter that the offices “may have failed to follow … guidelines and procedures that adversely impact the integrity of the passport acceptance process.” DSS agents exonerated Finley and her office, but the State Department came to a different conclusion.

“It’s very disappointing and frustrating that our concerns and the Passport Services’ refusal and hostile response to ideas promoting any positive change in this program have been ignored,” Finley said in a release. “Unfortunately, it is the citizens who will be substantially inconvenienced by what is, quite frankly, an indifferent Federal agency seeking to deflect from its own internal security flaws that were brought to light by honest criticism.”

According to the District Clerk’s office, 40,000 applications were processed by the offices in question last year, generating $1 million for county funds.

Collin County residents will now be left to apply for a passport in other locations such as Dallas or make a special appointment at certain post offices or the Frisco Public Library.

“My family and I plan to travel to Greece this summer for my senior trip, but my sister and I do not have our passports yet,” senior Davis O’Brien said. “It’s going to be kind of tough trying to find one for the trip. We have the pictures, but it’s gonna it’s going to take a more intensive search for the passport.”