Need a passport? The London Post Office is making it easy for you this Saturday.
A Passport Fair will be held at the office from noon to 4 p.m. The office typically closes at noon.
No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome, and passport photo service will be available, said postmaster Matt Doherty.
The Postal Service recommends bringing original documents and following these guidelines:
• Download and complete a passport application at www.travel.state.gov beforehand. Forms will also be available in the lobby.
• Bring proper proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate.
• Bring proof of identity. This must be either: a recently issued U.S. passport; a recently issued naturalization certificate; a recently issued certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID.
• Bring a photocopy of your proof of identity. Each applicant must bring a front and back photocopy of the ID that will be presented at the time of passport acceptance.
The passport application also requires a recent passport photograph of you (2” x 2” in size), which can be taken on site.
All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Minors under the age of 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.
The U.S. Department of State provides detailed guidelines for preparing passport applications and supporting documents as well as current processing times at: www.travel.state.gov.
It takes 4-6 weeks to receive the passport, which will be mailed directly to the applicant.
Passport fee is $110, and can be paid via check or money order to the U.S. Department of State. There is also a $25 agent fee for the post office, for which any form of payment is accepted.
The process can be expedited to two weeks for an additional $60, Doherty said.
Passports are good for 10 years and can be renewed for five years after.
Only need to renew a passport? Well, the State Department says you should do it now — and they mean ASAP. That’s because the agency is expecting a large amount of renewal requests due to millions of passports set to expire.
Nearly 10 years ago, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was a law passed requiring U.S. citizens to have a passport in order to travel to all countries, and soon those passports will no longer be valid. The State Department says it’s looking at about 47 million passports set to expire this year alone. If you’re planning a trip overseas in the next six months, don’t wait.
The London Post Office issued about 300 passports last year, Doherty said. Most applicants were traveling on behalf of Stanley and other local companies to Japan, he said.
For questions, contact Doherty at 740-852-1881.
Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.