At least for one day, Columbia County residents who need a passport will have twice as many places to apply.
The Martinez post office will hold a passport fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Rene Suggs, Customer Relations Coordinator for the Augusta Post Office.
The fair is an effort by postal officials to make the process easier at a time when Passports are in high demand. "We'll accept applications just as we would (downtown)," Suggs said. "We're trying to do it at a time where it's more convenient, so people don't have to get off work and bring their children and get them out of school."
The fair is in addition to regular service at the Evans Post Office, which accepts applications from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Demand for passports overwhelmed the U.S. State Department after a federal law was enacted in January requiring the document for all persons traveling to or from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
Adults applying for a passport need to bring proof of American citizenship; a certified birth certificate (copies are not accepted) or a certificate of citizenship or naturalization; one form of photo ID; and a passport application. A 2-by-2-inch passport photo is also required, but one can be taken on-site for $15, according to a news release.
Both parents must be present for minors to obtain a passport. If not, proof of sole legal custody, a notarized consent letter or a letter explaining the absence of the second parent is required.
Passports are $112 for adults and $97 for children, including photo and application fees. For more information about passport requirements, visit www.travel.state.gov. To print a passport application form, visit www.usps.com/passport.
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