Jefferson City post office to host ‘Passport Fair’

Jefferson City’s main post office is holding a “Passport Fair” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to help people planning to travel outside the United States to get a passport.

Postal Service officials say they’ve found that many customers think it’s more convenient to visit the post office on Saturday.

“Passport applicants must apply in person, so many customers, especially families with children, appreciate the convenience of Saturday hours,” Jefferson City Postmaster Donald A. Knoth said in a news release. “With just one visit to the Post Office, the passport application process can be completed.”

Before applicants arrive at the post office, they should complete an application (Form DS-11) that can be downloaded from the United States Postal Service website, www.usps.com/passport, and completed before the applicant arrives at the post office.

Forms also will be available at Saturday’s Passport Fair.

All applicants, including infants, must have proof of U.S. citizenship and a photo ID.

More information is available from the U.S. State Department’s website, travel.state.gov/passport.

Knoth said people planning to travel outside the United States should apply for their passport at the post office as early as possible — at least two months before the planned departure.

Otherwise, there will be extra costs to expedite the application.

Details on the application process — including the costs and information on how to apply for a passport book and/or passport card — can be found at two websites: www.usps.com/passport/ or travel.state.gov.

U.S. citizens also may obtain passport information by phone, from the National Passport Information Center, toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

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