Jan. 13, 2020
DETROIT, MI — Considering a trip to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean or Bermuda in the near future? You will now need a U.S. passport at land borders and sea ports of entry to return home.
If you do not have a passport and you live in the Monroe area, you’re in luck as the U.S. Postal Service wants to make obtaining a new passport or renewing your old one an easy and convenient experience.
Monroe Post Office, 210 W. Front St., Monroe, MI 48161 will hold a passport fair on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment necessary.
The Postal Service recommends customers come in as early as possible to apply for their passports — at least eight weeks or earlier before their departure — to avoid any extra costs involved in expediting their application. The U.S. Department of State is currently reporting four to six-week processing times for routine passport applications.
It costs $145 total for adults (16 years and older) with a separate payment of $35 to the Postal Service for its processing fee, and $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee. For persons under 16, the total cost is $105, which includes $35 to the Postal Service for the processing fee, and $80 to the State Department.
For expedited passport service, add $60 for each application, payable to the State Department. In these instances, the applicant will also have overnight (Express Mail) delivery costs payable to the Postal Service.
In addition to providing the passport application process, the Postal Service will have an employee at hand to take photos, which cost $15. The application must be paid with cash or check. Credit or debit cards, as well as cash or checks, may be used to cover the cost of photos and the acceptance fee.
To help the passport application process go smoothly and efficiently, the Postal Service recommends the following:
Bring in proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable).
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.