Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Gregory J. Diaz announced a regulation from the United States Department of State will prevent the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder from being a passport acceptance facility. The Nevada County Clerk-Recorder will no longer accept passport applications as of November 30, 2011. Assistant clerk Recorder Gail Smith says the nearest acceptance facility will be in Auburn unless Grass Valley Post office is up and running to accept passport filings.
“As always, if they are planning an overseas trip or out of the country trip, the County Clerk’s office, right now until November 30, 2011 will still act as the passport acceptance agency.”
The U.S. Department of State has indicated that dual function offices could be prone to the issuance of fraudulent passports. and has notified the Nevada county office that no agency can process both birth certificates and passports. Furthermore, the passport acceptance function must be kept physically separate from the birth certificate function to the fullest extent possible.