The Brownwood Post Office, 600 Center Ave., will hold a passport fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, postal officials based in Dallas announced. Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Customers have the option of applying for a passport book (good for all international travel) or the passport card (good only for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda).
Passport fees are different for adults age 16 and older, and minors under age 16. Fees are $30 for adults, $15 minors; Passport Book, $110 and $80; or Passport Card and Book, $140 and $95.
Fees must be paid with a personal check or money order made payable to “Department of State.” In addition to the above costs, there is also a $25 processing/acceptance fee plus a $15 fee for photos, which can be paid for by personal check or money order made payable to the US Postal Service. Photo services will be available.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. The average time for passport applications is six to eight weeks. However, for an additional fee, the State Department will expedite the application and process it within three weeks.
To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned) and provide one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics (not a certificate of birth) or naturalization papers.
Applicants must also show either a valid driver’s license, a previous or current U.S. passport book or card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, military I.D. or a federal, state or municipal government employee I.D. card.
Applicants age 15 and under must be present with both parents unless consent is given; ages 16 and 17 require only one parent be present.
For more information about passport application requirements and to download forms, visit the State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov.