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.
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.
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: