Tarrant County ordered to stop issuing passports

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas county has been ordered to stop issuing passports as the U.S. State Department investigates some unspecified issues.

Federal authorities did not immediately say why Tarrant County must suspend the issuance of passports, although certain post offices in the Fort Worth area are still allowed to provide them.

A county administrator said Tuesday the district clerk’s office hasn’t been able to accept applications since it was notified June 25 of the investigation.

The clerk’s office has processed around 33,000 applications so far this year. The office has been handling passport applications since 1999, currently at six locations around the county.

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A spokeswoman for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has declined to comment to KXAS-TV.