I have found that currently I cann't get a passport papers/info thru a post offices near me. I know the US state department in Washington DC is responsible for foriegn affairs as well as the passports. But I am not willing to drive all that way to get a passport directly , as well as I am not willing to go thru a 3rd party internet website to get one either ( I just don't feel confortable submitting my SSN ,..etc no matter how secury the connection normally ) So that leaves me with using a passport agency but I don't know where the closest one in Massuachuasts is .... hell I would drive to any 100% trusted agency in MA or even CT. Also what identification is your social card / license good enough for them to process it and send it to the state department. And Correct me if I am wrong but how it works is you get the paper work from the agencies , fill it out and mail it to the state department. If that is the case then why cann't one print off the passport papers and fill them out /mail them directly to the state departement with out paying any money / showing any identification ? How do they stop this.... on could always make copies of the papers/scan them/upload them to the internet ? Not saying I would just saying it is possible without watermarking in someway or special paper.