The “passport fairs” are being held on the weekend to assist people whose hectic schedules make it difficult to complete this task during the week, authorities said in a news release.
It is recommended customers come in as early as possible to apply for their passports - at least eight weeks or earlier before their departure - to avoid any extra costs involved in expediting their application. The U.S. Department of State reports four to six week processing times for routine passport applications.
It costs $135 total for adults (16 years and older), with separate payment of $25 to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee and $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee. For those younger than 16, the total cost is $105 with separate payments of $25 to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee and $80 to the State Department.
For expedited passport service, add $60 for each application, payable to the State Department. In such cases, the applicant also incurs overnight delivery costs, payable to USPS.
Passport photos are available at all of the post office application sites for $15. The application fee must be paid with cash or check. Credit or debit cards, as well as cash or checks, may be used to cover the cost of photos and the acceptance fee.
To help the passport application process go smoothly and efficiently, the Postal Service recommends the following:
- Bring in 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. (Please note: A hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.)
- Bring in proof of identity. This must be either: a previous U.S. passport; a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver's license, government ID or military photo ID.
- To save time, customers can download a passport application to complete their application beforehand.
- All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Applicants younger than 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.
Saturday Passport Fair
- Granger Post Office,12412 Bittersweet Commons, 9 a.m. to noon
- Osceola Post Office, 1712 Lincoln Way W., 10 a.m. to noon
- Winamac Post Office, 209 E. Pearl St., 8:30 a.m. to noon