PHOENIX – Need a passport or passport card? A Passport Fair this Saturday will offer customers one-stop shopping for passports, passport photos and passport cards. No appointment is needed; customers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Our employees will help residents with passport applications, fees and photos, making the process quick and convenient,” said acting Phoenix Postmaster Robert Reynosa. He recommended travelers apply for a passport or passport card at least two months prior to departure and bring all required documentation to the event.
Here is what's needed for a passport:
-Proper proof of U.S. citizenship or naturalization. This must be either: a state-issued, certified birth certificate, available by contacting the State Department of Health of your state of birth; a previous official passport; or a naturalization certificate, if you are foreign-born. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate is not acceptable.)
-One officially-acceptable state or government photo ID plus a photocopy of the front and back of the ID. This can be either a driver’s license, a military photo ID, or a state-issued photo ID. Workplace IDs and regular photos are generally not acceptable, and temporary ID is not accepted.The passport book application requires two recent identical photographs, which the Post Office will take for a fee. The photos must meet specific passport requirements.
The cost for a passport book is $135 for adults (16 years and older), with separate payments of $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee and $25 to the Postal Service for its processing fee (set by the Department of State). For persons under 16, the cost is $105, with separate payments of $80 and $25 respectively.
The cost of passport cards for adults (16 years and older) is $55: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee; and a $30 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. The passport card cost for those under 16 is $40: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee; and a $15 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. Children under 16 must be accompanied by both parents when applying for a passport or passport card.
Passport photos will be available for $15.
Applicants are encouraged to print and complete their applications ahead of time by going online at usps.com/passport. Do not sign the application form, as the passport acceptance clerk must witness the signing. Customers may also obtain a form at any passport office.
Customers can go to usps.com/passport or call 1-800-ASK-USPS to get the location of passport Post Offices nearest them and their passport customer service hours. All applications are sent to the U.S. State Department for final processing and approval.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
The passport fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 28, at the Phoenix Post Office’s Rio Salado Station, 1441 E. Buckeye Rd. (14th Street and Buckeye) in Phoenix.