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



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 Use only black ink and do not sign the application form because the passport clerk must witness the signing.

Go to for information.

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