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Postal News: Post office in Lehigh Acres to host Passport Fair

December 24, 2014
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Post Office, at 1201 Business Way, is holding a Passport Fair on Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not required on this day. Customers are encouraged to show up early; applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

To obtain a passport, applicants need to:

- Bring proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. A hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.

- Bring proof of identity. This must be either: a recently issued U.S. passport; a recently issued naturalization certificate; a recently issued certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver's license, government ID or military photo ID.

- Bring a photocopy of proof of identity. Each applicant must bring a photocopy of the front and back of the ID that will be presented at the time of passport acceptance.

- The passport application requires a recent color passport photograph of you (2" x 2" in size). The post office will offer photo services for $15.

- Complete the passport application beforehand. Customers can download the application at: www.travel.state.gov. Do not sign the application.

- All applicants must appear in person (including minors).

- Minors under the age of 14 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.

Each passport for an adult must be accompanied by a check or money order for $110, made payable to the U.S. Department of State, and a $25 acceptance fee made payable to USPS.

Fees for children under 16 are $80, payable to the U.S. Department of State, and $25 payable to USPS.

The cost to expedite processing at the Department of State is $60 paid per application, in addition to required fees.

Customers can request to mail the passport application overnight to the Department of State using

Priority Mail Express offers the customer the ability to track their mailing. The cost to expedite delivery is $19.99 payable to USPS. A family can use one mailing for all of their applications.

The cost to expedite the return service is $14.85 per application, paid directly to the Department of State, for the delivery of an issued passport book from the Department of State to the customer. This service is only available to mailing addresses within the United States. Not valid for passport cards.

Customers can call (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777), or go to the Postal Service's website at: www.usps.com to get the location of other nearby passport post offices and their passport customer service hours.

Passport customers may also check the U.S. State Department's web site at: www.travel.state.gov to obtain additional information.

Customers may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at (877) 487-2778.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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