Alto Post Office: Passport Office in Ruidoso NM
Last Reviewed on March 21st, 2023
Handicap Accessible (ADA): Yes
Passport Photos: Yes, the Alto Post Office takes passport photographs onsite - Please review our guide to Passport Photos. If you want your passport photos taken before you go to the acceptance agent, here is a list of places to get passport photos in Ruidoso.
Ruidoso Passport Office: Alto Post Office Location OverviewAlto Post Office is an acceptance agent/passport office. For passport service in Ruidoso, NM you can go here for passport help. Alto Post Office is a Postal facility that is able to witness your signature and seal your passport documents - standard processing is 4-8 weeks. This office DOES NOT issue passports, they will send your passport forms directly to a regional passport facility. There is 1 other passport acceptance agent offices located in Ruidoso. Alto Post Office is located in County, New Mexico.
About Alto Post Office
Alto Post Office is not a passport issuance facility and you will NOT receive a passport on-site there. This facility is an acceptance agent, the Alto Post Office is sort of like a special notary for the Department of State / Passport Agency in which they can "Witness" your signature and officially "Seal" your application and documents. There is a separate $35 fee for this that is paid at the time of sealing.
Needs to visit an acceptance agent
New Passports Application (Child or Adult)
Lost / Damaged Passport Replacement
Doesn't need to visit an acceptance agent
Passport Name Change Application
Passport Processing Times at Alto Post Office
Standard Processing - Because of Covid-19, the current processing times are 10-12 weeks after submitting an application.
Expedited Processing - You can pay an extra $60 when sealing your documents at Alto Post Office to get your passport quicker, typically in 4-6 weeks.
Emergency Processing - (NOT AVAILABLE at Alto Post Office): If you have proof of travel within 3 days you can request an emergency appointment at one of the regional passport offices close to Ruidoso. Also see our info about 3rd-party passport expediters.
Nearest Regional Passport Offices to Ruidoso, NM
El Paso Passport Agency - 107 Miles
Western Passport Agency - 271.3 Miles
Colorado Passport Agency - 378 Miles
Passport Services Offered at Alto Post Office
Passport Forms - If you need to pick up a physical pre-printed application that you can fill out by hand, the Alto Post Office will have pre-printed passport forms. You may also get passport forms from our website and print them on your own printer.
Passport Document Sealing / Passport Application Signature Witness - Alto Post Office is an official Acceptance Agent as appointed by the Department of State. Certain municipal and postal employees at this location are authorized to "Witness" your signature (kind of like a notary).
NOTE: not required for passport renewals
Acceptance Agent fee is $35 (see more about Acceptance Agent Fees)
4-6 week passport expediting / 10-12-week standard passport service - These are the standard processing times for passports at any acceptance agent.
Passport Photos - They can take and print your passport photos on site, typically $10-15.
Alto Post Office Service Area Radius
This passport office is located in - Lincoln County and serves the passport needs for residents of other nearby zipcodes including: 88345, 88355, 88346, 88312, 88324, 88341, 88340, 88338, 88348, 88323, 88314, 88336, 88351, 88337, 88352, 88301, 88343, 88325, 88339
Frequently asked questions
Alto Post Office does not issue passports, they are sent to a central processing facility, it will take at a minimum of 4 weeks if using expedited service and up to 12 weeks for standard processing.
It's about 220 miles roundtrip, so it is pretty far from Ruidoso to El Paso Passport Agency, the closest passport issuing agency. You might want to consider using a passport expediting service to save you the time of going there yourself.
Alto Post Office is an acceptance agent, Alto Post Office does not issue passports – they do however charge the standard $35 acceptance agent fee to seal your documents, this is only required for new or replacement passport applications; renewals do not need to be sealed and thus no acceptance agent fee is required. Please see our detailed information on passport fees.
If by walk-in service you mean get your passport there at Alto Post Office? Then no. They do not issue passports, you can get walk-in passport issuance at a regional passport facility only, not local acceptance agent facilities; passport are sent to a central processing location.
If you have your expired or soon-to-be expired passport, it is in good condition and the validity period on your expired passport was for 10-years, then you do not even need to visit an acceptance agent. You can do your application online, print-it and send it in with new passport photos, the old passport, and the required passport fees. See our guide about passport renewals to renew your passport yourself.
No, they are acceptance agents and have nothing to do with the application once they witness your signature and seal your application. Once an application is in-process, Alto Post Office will not be able to assist any further.
Yes, you can get your passport photos taken there. Please see: List of locations in Ruidoso to get passport photos.
You can pay for the acceptance agent fees and passport photos (if you have them taken at Alto Post Office) with cash, check, debit card, or money order. Your passport application fees will be paid separately by check or money order only.