Do you plan to take an international trip? Is your current passport about to expire? Or, are you applying for your first passport? Well, look no further than your local Post Office.
The Whitewater Post Office will host a Passport Event on Wednesdays through September 26, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. “This is a great opportunity for Whitewater residents planning to travel outside the United States to apply for a passport without making a reservation,” said Whitewater Postmaster Sherrie Benes.
In addition to the familiar passport book, travelers can also apply for a passport card, which may be used for land and sea travel only between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean region. The wallet-size passport card is a less expensive alternative for those who travel to these destinations, but it is not available for international travel by air.
To apply for a passport book or passport card for the first time, applicants need proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of their birth certificate issued by the city, county or state, or a certificate of citizenship or a naturalization certificate. Applicants will also need a valid form of photo identification, and they must submit a photocopy of that identification, such as a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID. There will be passport photo service available at the Whitewater Post Office.
For first time applicants, the fee for a passport book is $110.00 to the Department of State with an acceptance fee of $35 to the Postal Service. The Acceptance fee for an adult passport card is $35.00. An expedited process is also available for an additional fee. Passport applications for both the book and the card require a 2 x 2 photograph in color, which can be taken at the Passport Event for $15.00. The application fee for minors under the age of 16 is $80 for a Passport Book and $15 for a Passport Card, and the Acceptance Fee is $35.
“We’re here to help our customers as they prepare to travel the world,” added Benes. “We make getting a passport easy and convenient with a one-stop shop solution,” she explained.
Customers can learn more about passport application costs and save time by downloading forms and scheduling an appointment at select Post Offices at www.usps.com/passport. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. For the latest information on passport deadlines and other travel requirements established by the U.S. Department of State, go to www.travel.state.gov. Travelers can check the status of their passport applications online at: http://travel.state.gov/passport/status/status_2567.html.