This is pretty interesting news:
AMMAN – A new service allowing Jordanians to renew their passports through the countryâ€™s post offices is set to be operational at the beginning of next year.
Jordan Post Company (JPC) Director General Mansour Malhas told The Jordan Times that the service, to be launched following an agreement with the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD), is scheduled to start at the beginning of January.
…Under the service, citizens can approach any of the 356 post offices in the Kingdom where a specialised clerk will provide them with a list of necessary documents based on a checklist issued by the CSPD.
Once complete, the documents will be delivered to the local CSPD centre where the application will be processed before being returned to the post office in the area.
Regular fees of half a dinar will be charged for the application and another half a dinar for delivery. An additional JD2 will be charged for door to door delivery. [source]
Giving credit where and when due, I have to say this is an excellent initiative that will drastically reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency. At the very least it will really cut down on the line ups, traffic jams, and people jams that is typically experienced at passport renewal offices in Jordan. Cairo Amman Bank has also started to open mini-teller windows at post offices to offer its customers banking services. Now if we only add a fruit stand, I think pretty soon the modern Jordanian post office might become an important hub of activity. Honestly, I’ll take any initiative that comes up with new ways to reduce wait times and hassles of simple citizen-related tasks.