A visa and passport processing company based in California confirmed. That it will consider Bitcoin as a form of payment. As the US Department of State activities are starting to return to normal.
According to a Nov. 6 announcement from the San Jose-based Peninsula Visa passport and visa expeditor, the company announced that it will give clients the option to use Bitcoin (BTC) to pay for select passport services. In addition to applications related to second passports, Peninsula Visa. Backed by retailer payment facilitator Coinbase Commerce, will offer passport renewals and name changes. In addition to a second one valid for 4 years. U.S. residents over the age of 16 are entitled to keep one “primary” passport book or card valid for 10 years.
Offering travelers to pay via Bitcoin feels the right move
“Offering travelers the ability to pay via Bitcoin feels like the right move at the right time” said Evan James, Peninsula Visa COO. And citing his expectation that once the danger from the pandemic was over, travel will return to normal.
When government offices and companies were first shut down in March following steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. Several of the 26 passport agencies of the State Department in the continental United States and Puerto Rico were also affected. Causing delays in first-time applicants’ passport processing as well as those renewing or changing their documents for common events such as marriage. There was a backlog of nearly one million passports as of Sept. 23, according to a survey from the LA Times.
However, several of the offices of the State Department have already opened with workers for applicants for in-person passports. On Nov. 3, the government agency reported that it had shortened processing time to 10-12 weeks for regular applications and 4-6 weeks for expedited passports. Pre-COVID, in some conditions, one could receive a passport in person within a week.
While private companies have provided Bitcoiners the opportunity to buy crypto-based international flights. Governments have evidently been less than eager to do so for some services. In June, before disabling the service the next day a Venezuelan government agency. Briefly identified Bitcoin as a form of payment for passport requests from Venezuelan citizens living abroad.