Ruidoso Post Office: Passport Office in Ruidoso NM

Last Reviewed on February 22nd, 2023

Ruidoso Post Office
1090 Mechem Dr
Ruidoso, NM 88345
Hours of Operation Shown in (MST)
By appointment only -
By appointment only -
By appointment only -
By appointment only call (575) 258-1882 -

Handicap Accessible (ADA): Yes

Passport Photos: Yes, the Ruidoso 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: Ruidoso Post Office Location Overview

Ruidoso Post Office is an acceptance agent/passport office. For passport service in Ruidoso, NM you can go here for passport help. Ruidoso 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. Ruidoso Post Office is located in County, New Mexico.

About Ruidoso Post Office

Ruidoso 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 Ruidoso 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 Renewal
Passport Name Change Application

Passport Processing Times at Ruidoso 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 Ruidoso Post Office to get your passport quicker, typically in 4-6 weeks.

Emergency Processing - (NOT AVAILABLE at Ruidoso 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 Ruidoso Post Office

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

Ruidoso 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

How fast can I get a passport at Ruidoso Post Office?

Ruidoso 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.

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

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.

Does Ruidoso Post Office charge for passports?

Ruidoso Post Office is an acceptance agent, Ruidoso 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.

Can I get walk-in passport service at Ruidoso Post Office?

If by walk-in service you mean get your passport there at Ruidoso 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.

Does Ruidoso Post Office 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 Ruidoso Post Office 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, Ruidoso Post Office will not be able to assist any further.

Does Ruidoso Post Office take passport photos?

Yes, you can get your passport photos taken there. Please see: List of locations in Ruidoso to get passport photos.

What forms of payment does Ruidoso Post Office accept?

You can pay for the acceptance agent fees and passport photos (if you have them taken at Ruidoso Post Office) 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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