According to the U.S. State Department, the average time for passport applications and renewals is currently six to eight weeks. However, if your need to apply for a passport, or your passport is about to expire, the U.S. Postal Service can help.
According to a release, Henderson Post Office, 205 Crook Ave., and a handful of other post offices across the south, is hosting a Passport Fair from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, July 13.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. However, for an additional fee, the State Department will expedite the application and process it within three weeks. The Postal Service suggests travelers check the expiration date on their U.S. passport. Many countries require a passport have as much as six months’ validity remaining for entry.
Passport fees are: Passport Card $30 for ages 16 and older, or $15 for minors under age 16; Passport Book, $110, ages 16 and older, or $80, under age 16; and Passport Card and Book, $140, age 16 and older, or $95, under age 16. Fees must be paid with personal check or money order. There is a $35 process/acceptance fee and a $15 fee for photos, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order.
To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned) and provide a U.S. Birth Certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics or naturalization papers. Applicants must show either a valid driver’s license, a previous or current U.S. passport book or card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, military ID., or a federal, state or municipal government ID card. Applicants age 15 and under must be present with both parents unless consent is given; age 16 and 17 require only one parent be present.
For more information, visit the State Department’s webpage: www.travel.state.gov.