Well, that was smoother than I thought. I went from having one passport with no space left for stamps to two empty passports…in a number of hours.
Los Angeles Passport Agency: Easy
I was able to make an appointment over the phone (+1.877.487.2778) for the State Department Los Angeles Passport Agency. Traffic was heavy, but I made it on-time for my 7:30AM appointment.
I took along printed itineraries for a few upcoming trips and also composed a letter explaining why I needed a second passport.
Upon arrival, I had to clear security to enter the Federal Building and then found the passport office on the ground floor.
After a very kind employee verified I had an appointment outside the entrance, I was invited into a large room where I waited in another line to officially check-in.
The lady at the check-in desk asked me what I wanted and I explained I needed two passports. She provided me a ticket with an alphanumeric code and I was invited to take a seat and wait for my number to be called.
Just two minutes later, my number was called. The agent processed my paperwork, but told me I needed two passport pictures, not one. That threw me for a loop since the pictures are scanned, not pasted in (like they once were).
Thankfully, there was a photo office on the 7th floor, so I paid $14 for two poor-quality photos.
Since I was not traveling internationally same-day or next-day, I was told I would need to come back the following afternoon to pick up my passport (I was traveling two days later). Before I left, I pre-paid $110/passport plus a $60 rush fee per passport. There was no additional expedite fee. Note that if my travel had been more than five days away, the only pick-up option would have been to overnight the passports to me (at a cost of $17.99).
So yesterday I did return between the narrow window of 2:30PM and 3:00PM to pick up my passports. Instead of having to go back into the office, passports are collected a will-call desk around the side of the building.
I showed up at 2:30PM and my passports were not ready yet, but by 3:00PM I had three of them in my hand…including my now-decommissioned passport that still had five years of life but no more space.
All things considered, this was a very easy process. I am fortunate to live in a big city, which made this so much easier, but am happy to know that if I ever get into a bind, at least on weekdays, there is a quick way to obtain a new passport.