PERTH AMBOY –Perth Amboy Postmaster Angel Sotomayor is hosting a Passport Fair at the post office on 205 Jefferson Street on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This local event to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications is part of the Postal Service’s effort to support the U.S. Department of State’s “Passport Day in the USA” initiative, a national community outreach event.
Sotomayor offers these helpful tips when applying for a passport:
Bring proper proof of American citizenship or naturalization. This must be either: a state-issued certified birth certificate; a previous official passport; or a naturalization certificate, if you are foreign-born. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate is not acceptable.)
Bring in one officially-acceptable state or government photo ID. This can be either a driver’s license, a military photo ID, or a state-issued photo ID.
The passport application requires one recent photograph. The photo must meet specific passport requirements which are explained at http://travel.state.gov/passport. (Photos may be taken at the Monmouth Junction, Perth Amboy, and Spotswood Post Offices for an additional fee.)
To save time, download passport application documents at www.usps.com/passport and fill out beforehand. However, don’t sign the application form, as the passport acceptance clerk must witness the signing.
For children under age 16, both parents’ consent and proof of parental relationship are required. See Special Requirements for children under age 16 at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/minors/minors_834.html for details.
Extensive information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or passport card can be found on the Postal Service website at www.usps.com/passport or the Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov/index.html. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
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