Post Office offers convenient Passport Fair hours Saturday

Published 9:32 am Thursday, January 17, 2019

LOUISVILLE —The Middlesboro Post Office, located at 201 North 20th Street, will host a Passport Fair on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The convenient Saturday hours are available to assist busy customers planning international travel. Fairs serve customers on a first come, first served basis. No appointments are needed. (There is a limited capacity for acceptance.)

Passport fees for adults (age 16 years and older) include: Passport Card, $30; Passport Book. $110; and Passport Card and Book, $140.

Passport fees for minors (under age 16) include: Passport Card, $15; Passport Book. $80; and Passport Card and Book, $95.

The fees listed must be paid with a personal check or money order. There is a $35 processing/acceptance fee and a $15 fee for photos, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order. The Passport Fair offices offer passport photo services.

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.

Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. The average time for passport applications and renewals is six weeks. However, for an additional fee, the State Department will expedite the application and process it within three weeks.

To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned) and provide one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics (not a certificate of birth) or naturalization papers. Applicants must also show either a valid driver’s license, a previous or current U.S. passport book or card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, military I.D. or a federal, state or municipal government employee I.D. card. Applicants 15 and under must be present with both parents unless consent is given; ages 16 and 17 require only one parent be present.

For appointments during regular passport processing hours, the U.S. Postal Service has made scheduling easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler™ tool (RCAS) at http://www.usps.com/scheduler. The RCAS™ tool provides customers with an easy, convenient way to schedule appointments to apply for a passport.

Register for Informed Delivery www.informeddelivery.usps.com and see your mail before it’s delivered to your mailbox.

For more information about passport application requirements and to download forms, visit the State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov.