Post office has passport application event Saturday

Appointments are limited, must be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

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Vancouver’s main post office, 2700 Caples Ave., will hold a special passport application event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with a one-stop opportunity for passports, passport photos and passport cards.

Applicants for a new passport Saturday must make an appointment by dialing 503-294-2350 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday; appointments are limited.

Regular passport hours at the main post office are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; appointments are required (call 360-992-5011).

Travelers should apply for a passport or passport card at least two months prior to their trip.

Identification, including a copy, is required to prove U.S. citizenship. Examples include a previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport; certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state (hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable); naturalization certificate; and certificate of citizenship.

A piece of current identification also is required. Examples include naturalization certificate; valid driver’s license; current city, state or federal ID; and current military ID.

The application requires a recent passport photograph. Postal clerks will provide photo services for $15 per photo.

A passport book costs $135 for adults (16 years and older), with separate payments of $110 to the State Department for the application fee and $25 to the Postal Service for processing. For those under 16, the cost is $105, with separate payments of $80 and $25.

Adult passport cards cost $55 ($25 for Postal Service processing and $30 for the State Department application. The under-16 passport card fees are $25 and $15.

Applicants are advised to print and complete applications ahead of time by going online at usps.com/passport. Use only black ink and do not sign the application form because the passport clerk must witness the signing.

Go to usps.com/passport for information.

In most cases, passport renewals do not require an in-person application process; full information is at travel.state.gov