Walk-ins welcomed for new passports
By US Postal Service
The United States Postal Service will hold a passport fair for first-time passport applicants at Redlands Lugonia Post Office, 404 New York St., in Redlands from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. No appointment necessary.
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).
Fees must be paid with a personal check or money order. No exceptions. In addition to the above costs, there is a $35 processing/acceptance fee, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order. Passport photo services are also offered for $15.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before scheduled overseas travel. The average time for passport applications and renewals is six weeks. However, for an additional fee of $60, 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 one of the following: 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. Applicants 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. The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.