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US Postal Service hosting passport fairs for folks planning trips abroad

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is reminding folks planning to travel anywhere outside the U.S.--including in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Bahamas or Bermuda--that they will need a passport.

And, under current regulations, not only must American citizens returning to the U.S. by air present a valid passport book, those arriving at land borders or sea ports must also do the same.

The USPS makes obtaining a new passport or renewing an old one easy and convenient. Post offices throughout the Greater Indiana District will be hosting special passport fairs on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 18.

For information on the times of the passport events, please call (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777).

The USPS recommends that customers factor in six weeks for application processing time. Expedited processing of the passport application by the Department of State is available for an additional cost of $60. Overnight delivery of the application to the Department of State by Priority Mail Express is available for a fee of $23.75; return also by Priority Mail Express is available for a fee of $15.45. With the faster processing, customers should receive their passport approximately three weeks from the time of application.

Passport fees are $135 total for adults 16 years and older (a separate payment of $25 to the USPS for its processing fee, and $110 payable to the Department of State for the passport application fee.)

For persons under 16, the total cost is $105, which includes a $25 processing fee to the USPS and $80 payable to the State Department. The Postal Service also offers a passport photo service at a cost of $15.

The application must be paid by cash or check. Credit or debit cards, as well as cash or checks, may be used to cover the cost of photos and acceptance fees.

Bring proper proof of American citizenship: a certified birth certificate issued by the city, country, or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable).

Bring in proof of identity: a previous U.S. passport, a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driverís license, a government ID or military photo ID.

Passport photograph services will be available on site for a fee of $15.

To save time in this process, customers can download a passport application at the Department of State website:

All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Applicants under age 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.


Posted 2/8/2017




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