OZARK, Mo. — The U.S. State Department announced that it is planning to raise passport fees. However, travelers can avoid the increase by getting their passport now, and the U.S. Postal Service can help. On Saturday, March 27, the Ozark Post Office, located at 1450 W Jackson St., will host a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
In addition to the familiar passport book, travelers now have the option of applying for a passport card, which may be used for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. The wallet-size passport card is a less expensive option for those travelling to these destinations, but it can’t be used for air travel.
To apply for a passport book or passport card for the first time, applicants need proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of a certified copy of their birth certificate issued by the city, county or state (not a MO or KS abstract or photocopy), or a certificate of citizenship or a naturalization certificate. Those applying also will need a valid form of photo identification, such as a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID. Those who are renewing can simply bring in their old passport.
Passport applications for both the book and the card also require two recent identical photographs, and those can be taken at the Passport Fair for a $15 fee (in addition to application fees).
The fee for first time applicants for a passport book is $100 (photo not included). The fee for a passport renewal is $75. The fee for an adult passport card is $45. An expedited process is also available.
Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS to get the location of nearby passport post offices and passport customer service hours, or visit the United States Postal Service Web site at www.usps.com/passport to get information on passport application costs and to download a passport application form. Customers can save some time by having the application form filled out before coming to the Post Office.
For the latest information on passport deadlines and other travel requirements established by the U.S. State Department, go to its Web site at http://travel.state.gov. Travelers can check the status of their passport applications online at: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/status/status_2567.html.
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