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Bristol Superior Court: Passport Office in Fall River MA

Last Reviewed on March 26th, 2024


Location:
Bristol Superior Court
Address:
441 North Main Street Courthouse
 
Fall River, MA 02720
 
Hours of Operation Shown in (EST)
Monday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Wednesday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM


Handicap Accessible (ADA): Yes

Passport Photos: No, you will need to get passport photos taken before going there. Here is our passport photo guide for reference and here is a list of places to get passport photos in Fall River.


Fall River Passport Office: Bristol Superior Court Location Overview

Bristol Superior Court is an acceptance agent/passport office. For passport service in Fall River, MA you can go here for passport help. Bristol Superior Court is a Court 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 Fall River. Bristol Superior Court is located in County, Massachusetts.

About Bristol Superior Court

Bristol Superior Court is not a passport issuance facility and you will NOT receive a passport on-site there. This facility is an acceptance agent, the Bristol Superior Court 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 Renewal
Passport Name Change Application

Passport Processing Times at Bristol Superior Court

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 Bristol Superior Court to get your passport quicker, typically in 4-6 weeks.

Emergency Processing - (NOT AVAILABLE at Bristol Superior Court): If you have proof of travel within 3 days you can request an emergency appointment at one of the regional passport offices close to Fall River. Also see our info about 3rd-party passport expediters.

Nearest Regional Passport Offices to Fall River, MA

Boston Passport Agency - 38 Miles
National Passport Center - 81.8 Miles
Connecticut Passport Agency - 116.3 Miles

Passport Services Offered at Bristol Superior Court

Passport Forms - If you need to pick up a physical pre-printed application that you can fill out by hand, the Bristol Superior Court 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 - Bristol Superior Court 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.

Bristol Superior Court Service Area Radius

This passport office is located in - Bristol County and serves the passport needs for residents of other nearby zipcodes including: 02720, 02723, 02722, 02726, 02725, 02721, 02724, 02702, 02717, 02747, 02777, 02779, 02715, 02878, 02885, 02790, 02745, 02746, 02809

Frequently asked questions

How fast can I get a passport at Bristol Superior Court?

Bristol Superior Court 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.

I need a passport sooner than that, what are my options?

The closest passport agency isn't too far from Fall River, Boston Passport Agency is only about 80 miles roundtrip from Fall River. This will be your best option for getting a passport quickly.

Does Bristol Superior Court charge for passports?

Bristol Superior Court is an acceptance agent, Bristol Superior Court 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.

Can I get walk-in passport service at Bristol Superior Court?

If by walk-in service you mean get your passport there at Bristol Superior Court? 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.

Does Bristol Superior Court do passport renewals?

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.

Can Bristol Superior Court tell me about the status of my application?

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, Bristol Superior Court will not be able to assist any further.

Does Bristol Superior Court take passport photos?

No, you will have to get your passport photo taken before you go to Bristol Superior Court for the sealing of your passport. Do not go there without getting passport photos first or you will not get your application sealed. Here's the list of locations to get passport photos in Fall River.

What forms of payment does Bristol Superior Court accept?

You can pay for the acceptance agent fees with cash, check, debit card, or money order. Your passport application fees will be paid separately by check or money order only.

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