March 28 Marks Passport Day in the U.S.A.

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 27, 2009
Women Enters U.S. Passport Office in Washington DC

On Saturday, March 28, the Department of State will celebrate "Passport Day in the USA", a national outreach event to inform the public about the upcoming changes to U.S. travel document requirements, provide passport information and accept passport applications from U.S. citizens from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. All Department of State Passport Agencies, and many Passport Acceptance Facilities around the country, will host passport application acceptance events. U.S. citizens without a valid passport book or passport card are encouraged to apply on this day.

U.S. citizens will receive passport information and can apply for their passport at “Passport Day in the USA” events. U.S. Passport Agencies will permit walk-ins to appear without an appointment and will offer routine service for no additional fee. Those individuals who request routine service when applying are not required to pay the expedite fee of $60.00 and can expect to receive their passport in approximately four to six weeks.

Individuals who request expedited service on their passport application on March 28, whether they apply at a U.S. Passport Agency or at another passport acceptance facility, will be required to pay the expedite fee of $60.00. Those who request expedite service can expect to receive their passport in approximately two to three weeks.

The hours of operation for each Passport Agency for this event may vary across the country. Citizens should check our website at travel.state.gov for official times. Times may also vary for Passport Acceptance Facilities, so U.S. citizens should check with their local acceptance facility for event information.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or a passport card is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

As of January 23, 2007, everyone traveling in and out of the United States by air needs a passport. On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry. Additional information on travel requirements is available at www.getyouhome.gov.

The Department of State, together with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Service, and non-postal Passport Acceptance Facilities, are working together to ensure that citizens are aware of the new requirements effective June 1.

Comments

Comments

joe
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Tennessee, USA
March 28, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

It would seem we need to be more aggressive in identifying foreign validation obligations of those outside our borders rather than those internally. An International method needs to be in place, or we are simply creating a system which is not actually relevant to our National Security, but is viewed as limiting to our own Citizens.

The new Identification laws have caused great difficulty for our older generation citizens who may have the additional burden of hiring an attorney for validation.

Jessica
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Indiana, USA
March 30, 2009

Jessica in Indiana writes:

I agree with Joe from Tennessee's argument that our resources should be focused more on travelers entering the United States, rather than a focus on U.S. travelers taking weekend trips to Canada. It seems like a waste of resources to apply stricter passport requirements for American travelers going to places like Canada. Thousands of miles of open water creates essentially unprotected entrances into the U.S.; if the goal of the DHS is to increase border security, it seems like a more effective mode of protecting our Canadian border is to focus on these accessible points. Placing costly burdens on American travelers seems like an unfocused reaction.

JohnG
August 21, 2009

John G. writes:

Thank you for the information -- this is exactly what I was looking for!

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