USPS to host Passport Fairs
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For the convenience of North Bay residents and others who may be traveling abroad soon, the U.S. Postal Service will host a series of Passport Fairs throughout the month of June. Post Offices from Sausalito to Crescent City will be hosting Passport Fairs to help globe trekkers prepare for their future travel plans. 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.

 The closest Passport Fairs will be held at the following Post Office locations: Saturday, June 21, Sebastopol Post Office, 290 S. Main St., Sebastopol, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and June 28, North Bay P & DC Post Office, 1150 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

USPS passport acceptance agents will be on hand to process passport applications and take passport photos. To obtain a passport, 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) 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 is also a $25 processing fee per application. Parents applying for Passport Books/Cards for children under the age of 15 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 4-6 weeks). Passport photos are $15. Payment accepted in the form of cash, check or money orders only.

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

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