‘Passport Day In The USA’ has been cancelled.

The US State Department cancelled it due to the looming possibility of a partial government shutdown this weekend, according to their site. The Passport Day was scheduled for Saturday, April 9th.

Passport Day is an event in which applicants can apply for or update a passport, without an appointment, on a Saturday. Usually, passport applications are only accepted by appointment, during weekday work hours. During Passport Day in 2009, 57,000 passport applications where accepted in one day, according to Condé Nast’s Jaunted.com.

The now cancelled Passport Day did not promise same day turnaround service – only the acceptance of an application. While the State Department does not provide an estimate of how long it takes to actually receive a passport once the application is accepted, they do recommend ‘expedited service’ (an additional $60 fee) if an applicant needs the passport for travel sooner than 10 weeks.

Tomorrow’s cancelled Passport Day would have made it three years in a row that the State Department has held such a day. A notice on their site says ‘Because of a possible government shutdown, the Department of State must cancel “Passport Day in the USA,” which had been scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2011. We regret that this event cannot take place as planned.’

There is no mention of a rescheduled date.