Based upon response to recent Passport Fairs, the Richmond Post Office, located at 140 N. Madison Ave., is hosting another fair this Saturday, March 30. The fair hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Convenient Saturday hours assist busy families in planning for the upcoming travel season.
Fairs serve customers on a first come, first served basis. No appointments are needed. (There is a limited capacity for acceptance.)
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).
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. 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 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.