San Jacinto Post Office to host passport fair June 25

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The San Jacinto Post Office is hosting a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25. The fair will offer passport information to U.S. citizens and accept passport applications.

Families and individuals will be able to apply for passports on a walk-in basis without taking time off from work, school or other weekday activities. No appointments are necessary.

Individuals will have the option of applying for a passport book (good for all international travel) or a passport card (good only for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda).

To obtain a passport for the first time, applicants need proof of U.S. citizenship and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license. A certified copy of a birth certificate (not a California abstract or photocopy) or naturalization certificate is the best proof of citizenship.

One photograph is required, and can be taken at the passport event.

The fee for a Passport Book for first-time adult participants is $110 and $30 for a Passport Card. The fee for minors under the age of 16 is $80 for a Passport Book and $15 for a Passport Card. There also is a $25 processing fee per application.

Parents applying for Passport Books/Cards for children under the age of 16 must both be present, along with the child. An expedited service fee of $60, plus Priority Express Mail postage, will reduce processing time to less than three weeks (normally it is four to six weeks). Passport photos are $15. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or money orders.

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 also must 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 ages 15 and under must be present with both parents unless consent is given; ages 16 and 17 require only one parent be present.

The San Jacinto Post Office is located at 315 E. Esplanade Ave. in San Jacinto.

Check the U.S. State Department’s consular website at http://travel.state.gov for more passport information.

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