Demand continues as travelers plan for vacation
The Hohenwald Post Office will host a Passport Fair on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the main office, located at 26 North Court Street. The hours are 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. International travelers needing to plan fall and holiday trips are encouraged to attend. Customers may call 931-796-5411 for appointments. There is a limited capacity for acceptance.
If planning to travel abroad, there are several things you should be aware of when it comes to passports.
It may take about six weeks for first-time passport applicants or for renewals. The Department of State website provides updated information on processing time.
Check the expiration date on current U.S. passports. Many countries require that your passport have as much as six months’ validity remaining for entry.
Saturday passport acceptance hours make it easy for families to obtain passports, allowing both parents to be present when applying for a child’s passport (requirement).
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).
The fees for the passport must be paid with a personal check or money order. Additionally, there is a processing/acceptance fee, plus a fee for photos, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order. The Hohenwald Post Office offers passport photo services.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. Again, the average time for passport applications and renewals is six 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 15 & under must be present with both parents unless consent is given. Ages 16 & 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.