Special hours at USPS passport acceptance offices throughout Ohio
OHIO — Do you plan to take an international trip? Is your current passport about to expire? Or, are you applying for your first passport? Well, wait no longer. A statewide Passport Fair is being held October 6 and 7 at USPS passport acceptance offices all across Ohio.
The Postal Service recommends travelers apply for a passport or passport card at least two months prior to trip departure and bring all required documentation with them when applying for a passport.
Identification, including a copy, is required to prove U.S. citizenship, such as:
· Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
· Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state (Hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable)
· Consular report of birth abroad or birth certificate
· Naturalization certificate
· Certificate of citizenship
In addition, one current ID is required, such as:
· Naturalization certificate
· Valid driver’s license
· Current government ID (city, state or federal)
· Current military ID (military and dependents)
The passport application also requires a recent passport photograph (2” x2”). Postal clerks at the at many passport acceptance offices also offer passport photo services for $15 per photo.
The cost for a passport book is $135 for adults (16 years and older), with separate payments of $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee and $25 to the Postal Service for its processing fee (set by the Department of State). For persons under 16, the cost is $105, with separate payments of $80 and $25 respectively.
The cost of passport cards for adults (16 years and older) is $55: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for the processing fee; and a $30 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. The passport card cost for those under 16 is $40: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee; and a $15 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. Children under 16 must be accompanied by both parents when applying for a passport or passport card.
To make the process as quick as possible, applicants are strongly encouraged to print and complete their applications ahead of time by going online at usps.com/passport. Do not sign the application form, as the passport acceptance clerk must witness the signing.
In most cases, passport renewals do not require an in-person application process; full information is available at http://travel.state.gov.
Customers may visit usps.com/passport or call 1-800-ASK-USPS to find the location and customer service hours of the nearest USPS passport acceptance Post Office. All applications are sent to the U.S. State Department for final processing and approval.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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