"Our community spends a lot of money on travel and lot of it is international, so the demand for passport services is very high," he said.
The city's Passport Acceptance Services, at the corner of Isabel Street and Wilson Avenue, has been clogged with first-time applicants as they rush to get their papers in order for summer vacation plans, he said.
While the State Department processes the actual passport application, passport acceptance offices throughout Glendale are working under the pressure of anxious travelers eyeing their departure dates, clerks said.
"So far, we haven't heard of anyone having to reschedule their vacations," said Veronika Padron, who supervises the city passport office.
The rules, which took effect Jan. 23, only apply to air travel. The same restrictions will cover land and sea travel beginning in 2008, according to the State Department.
The 10-week wait affects those who submit a routine passport application but, even under expedited service, the wait could be up to six weeks, Padron said.
That means anyone with vacations planned prior to the first part of June might have to rearrange their plans.
Post office clerks in Glendale and the foothills said the number of passport applications had risen sharply in the past few weeks.
"It's busy everywhere," said Judy Lamas, a clerk at the post office in La Cañada Flintridge on Foothill Boulevard.
Clerks at the La Crescenta branch have been sending travelers to Lamas' location, since it has a dedicated passport window and is open on Saturdays, even though appointments for that day are booked through April 21, she said.
The city's passport office has scheduled a service booth to be at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., on April 21, and has plans to hold similar Saturday events throughout the city at least once a month to handle the increased demand, Kiehl said.
New passports cost $97 for those aged 16 and older, and $82 for children 15 and younger.
Travelers need to show proof of U.S. citizenship, identity and have two passport-ready photos.