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Postal News: Post offices in Lee and Charlotte to offer passport fairs

May 27, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The following passport fairs are planned for the public in Lee County and Charlotte County:

- May 28: Placida Post Office, 8601 Placida Road, Placida, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments not required. Customers are encouraged to show up early; applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

- June 6: Lehigh Acres, 1201 Business Way, Lehigh Acres, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments not required. Customers are encouraged to show up early; applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

- June 19: Fort Myers, 2655 N. Airport Road, Fort Myers, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (239) 277-3336 to set up an appointment.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

To obtain a passport applicants need to:

- Bring proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. A hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.

- Bring proof of identity. This must be either: a recently issued U.S. passport; a recently issued naturalization certificate; a recently issued certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver's license, government ID or military photo ID.

- Bring a photocopy of proof of identity. Each applicant must bring a photocopy of the front and back of the ID that will be presented at the time of passport acceptance.

- The passport application requires recent color passport photograph of you (2-by-2 in size). The Post Office will offer passport photo service for $15.

- To save time, customers should download the passport application: and complete beforehand. Do not sign the application.

- All applicants must appear in person (including minors).

- Minors under the age of 14 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required.

Each passport for an adult must be accompanied by a check or money order for $110, made payable to the U.S. Department of State and a $25 acceptance fee made payable to USPS. Fees for children under 16 are $80, payable to the U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to USPS.

The cost to expedite processing at the Department of State is $60 paid per application, in addition to required fees.

Customers can request to mail the passport application overnight to the Department of State using Priority Mail Express offers the customer the ability to track their mailing. The cost to expedite delivery is $19.99 payable to USPS. A family can use one mailing for all of their applications.

The cost to expedite the return service is $14.85 per application, paid directly to the Department of State for the delivery of an issued passport book from the Department of State to the customer. This service is only available to mailing addresses within the United States. Not valid for passport cards.

Customers can call (800) ASK-USPS, or go to the Postal Service's Website:, to get the location of other nearby passport Post Offices and their passport customer service hours.

Passport customers may also check the U.S. State Department's web site at: to obtain additional information. Customers may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at (877) 487-2778.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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