The Leitchfield Post Office will hold a passport fair this Saturday, Oct. 15 for first-time passport applicants or for those seeking to renew a passport.
There are several things to be aware of regarding passports when planning to travel abroad:
- Check the expiration date on your U.S. passport. Many countries require that your passport have as much as six months’ validity remaining for entry.
- The Department of State is expecting a surge in passport renewals this year due to millions of passports set to expire. 10 years ago, the United States passed a law requiring its citizens to have a passport for travel to all countries, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The increase demand in passport renewals is anticipated to create processing delays. It may now take about six weeks for a passport renewal.
The Leitchfield Post Office is located at 210 S. Main St., and its Passport Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Customers have the option of applying for a passport book (good for all international travel) or the passport card (good only for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda).
|Adults (Age 16 and Older)||Minors (Under Age 16)|
|Passport Card and Book||$140||$95|
The above fees must be paid with a personal check or money order. (No exceptions!) In addition to the above costs, there is also a $25 processing/acceptance fee plus a $15 fee for photos, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order. All participating Post Offices offer passport photo services.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. Again, 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 more information about passport application requirements and to download forms, visit the State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov.