5 May 2005

American Samoa seeks authority to issue passports

3:15 pm on 5 May 2005

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says his administration is still pursuing efforts to have the US State Department grant authority to the local government to issue US passports.

Togiola says security concerns in the post 9/11 era will make it difficult to attain consular authority.

The governor also pointed out that Congressman Faleomavaega has requested the State Department if it is possible to have the US embassy in Samoa issue passports.

During the days of of appointed governors, US passports were issued by the governor's office.

However, this authority was removed around 1975.