Passport Fair scheduled for this Saturday at Salt Lake Main Post Office is canceled

April 08, 2011 

SALT LAKE CITY – Because of a possible government shutdown, the Department of State has informed the Postal Service in Utah that it must cancel its Passport Fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Salt Lake Main Post Office. Additionally, if the government shuts down, no passport applications will be accepted at any Post Offices until the government shutdown is over.

The Postal Service would not be affected by a federal government shutdown, as it is self-sustaining and does not receive taxpayer dollars for operations.

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