WELLSBORO - The prothonotary's office in the Tioga County Courthouse will begin accepting passport applications on Monday - welcome news for county residents wanting to travel out of the country.
After the office was briefly notified by the State Department that it no longer could offer the service after former Prothonotary Mary Kay Clark was defeated in the 2013 general election, residents who wanted to apply for a passport were forced to travel the Westfield Post Office for the service.
New Prothonotary Marie Seymour, who was not certified to accept the applications when she took office Jan. 6, had to go through the process to get the office reinstated and since has become a certified agent for the State Department in Philadelphia.
Seymour announced Tuesday the office has been reinstated to accept the applications and she has been re-certified.
"Now it will just take us a little more time to get things set up and figure out what the new postage rate will be," Seymour said, noting that a recent increase in the price of a first class stamp to 49 cents likely will increase the cost to mail the applications.
"Plus we have to set it up with the post office to securely mail the applications," she added.
Clerk Michel Warriner also will be certified to process the passport applications as soon as possible so that if Seymour is out of the office, passport applications still can be processed.
A new clerk to fully staff the office also will be hired, Seymour added.