On Thursday the Westmoreland County prothonotary's office will begin expanded hours for passport services, and now accepts credit cards.
The office will remain open every Thursday until 6 p.m. for passport applicants, with no appointment necessary. It was recently upgraded with a room dedicated to passport services, including photos. The number of applications has jumped from 30 in 2008 to 263 in the past six months alone. The office now accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards, with a 2.75% transaction fee.