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Post office set to conduct 'Passport Fair'

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Planning to go on a trip out of the country? Don't forget to get a passport.

The Brazil Post Office is hosting a "Passport Fair" on Saturday July 14 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

"Passport fairs make it easy and convenient for travelers by assisting with every step of the process," Brazil Postmaster Dianna Egold said.

"With the State Department taking longer to process passports, people should not put off getting or renewing their passport. We'll be glad to help them."

An added bonus when using the post office to get a passport, is the post office can secure the documents, safeguarding sensitive personal information.

With identity theft on the rise, knowing information is secure can bring peace of mind to travelers.

"We offer many services that can secure your documents," Egold said. "You can get Express Mail pre-paid envelopes which come with insurance and delivery confirmation."

Egold also said that they would be fully-staffed for this event with trained clerks on hand to help expedite the process.

"We will also have a photographer there to take passport photos if needed," Egold said. "The cost of passport photos is $15."

The cost for a passport is divided into two amounts, to be paid separately.

One amount is the post office processing fee, and the other to the State Department for the application fee.

Fees are as follows,

* For those 16 and over, a $30 processing fee and a $67 application fee, total fees, $97,

* For those under 16, a $30 processing fee and a $52 application fee, total fees, $82, and

* An expedited process (four to six weeks) is available for $185.

The application fee must be paid with cash or a check, and passports will be mailed to the applicant within 10-12 weeks after applying.

Egold offered some tips to help make the process go smoothly, among them,

* Bring in proper proof of American Citizenship,

* Bring in proper proof of identity, and

* Don't forget two identical photos, not more than 6 months old.

"We also have a suggestion to help customers save time," Egold said.

"They can download a passport application and a list of appropriate documents to bring with them at our web site, www.usps.com/passport.\"

One last note, applicants must appear in person, including minors.

Applicants under age 14 must appear with both parents, or with a notarized authorization from an absent parent.

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