WATER VALLEY – The local post office at 501 North Main St. has been approved as a passport acceptance office by the Department of State. The office now has a passport camera and photos will also be available by appointment.
To introduce the new service, a passport fair will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon for persons needing to obtain a new passport, according to Postmaster Sherman Hillhouse.
No appointments will be taken during the fair. Applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
Everyone, including newborn infants, is required to obtain a passport in his or her own name. For children under 14, the consent of both parents/guardians is required.
A new passport card has been introduced and facilitates entry at U.S. land and sea ports of entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. However, it may not be used to travel by air.
In order to complete the application process, the following items are required:
o a completed application (form is available at www.usps.com; do not sign it until instructed to by the passport clerk)
o proof of identity (a valid permanent state driver’s license, a government ID or military ID, previous passport, Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate)
o proof of U.S. citizenship (previous passport, original or certified birth certificate issued from the state with a raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal and the registrar’s signature and date of certificate filing)
o two official passport photos (passport photo service is available at the Water Valley Post Office
o Social Security Number
Department of State fees vary according to age and type. They must be made by money order, check, bank draft, or cashier’s check made payable to the U.S. Department of State; debit and credit card payment is not available. Charges include:
o the fee for those under the age of 16 passport book is $60
o the fee for those 16 and over for passport book is $75
o the fee for those under the age of 16 passport card is $10
o the fee for those 16 and over for passport card is $20
In addition, the Postal Service charges $25 per application as the processing fee. For this fee a debit or credit card, cash, money order or check made payable to the Postal Service may be used.
For additional information about the passport application process call 662-473-3004