New Passport Office opens in the Broward County Central Courthouse
By Byler E. Henry
“My mission is to make improvements in areas that need them and to make the office more user friendly through updated technology and a community relations campaign to inform our residents about the services that we offer.” This statement was made seven months ago immediately after Brenda Forman was elected as Broward County Clerk of the Courts.
Broward County’s first African American Clerk and third one statewide, Forman is also the first woman to hold the position in Broward as well. Born in rural Alabama and raised by her Grandmother after her mother’s untimely death, Forman is staying true to her mission.
“My Grandmother taught us that we could do anything in life we wanted to do, as long as we did the right thing and put God first in our lives.”
Forman, the Broward County Clerk of the Courts, greeted visitors personally on opening day of the new passport office on the first floor of the newly constructed downtown Fort Lauderdale Courthouse, located at 201 S.E. Sixth St.
“When I was elected, I knew that I wanted to expand our services and make the Courthouse more user friendly for the citizens of Broward County.” Mrs. Forman says, “The Broward County Clerk’s Office, on behalf of the United States Department of State, has opened the office as a convenience for those visiting the Courthouse who would like to apply for or renew a passport.”
If you are in the area, U.S. Citizens may apply for passports on the 1st floor in room 1160 of the Broward County Judicial Complex West Tower, on Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Passport photo services are also available at the Courthouse location.
Forman says, “I am very pleased with the turnout on our first day of operation, and I am sure that once the word gets out, more visitors and employees will utilize the new passport office. Stop by, it is open to the public and you do not have to schedule an appointment.”
For U.S. passport and international travel information and fees, visit the official Travelstate.Gov website.
Please see interview with Brenda Forman by Blyer E. Henry at: www.thewestsidegazette.com/quabo