Adrian College to Host Passport Day

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College Institute of Study Abroad is hosting “Passport Day” on Thursday, November 17, 2011, in the institute office in Valade Hall on the College campus from 9 AM to Noon. A Passport Acceptance Agent from the county clerk’s office will be on hand to process completed applications beginning at 10 AM.

This event is open to the area community. Passport photos will be taken and applications will be handed out. The cost is $5 for two passport photos. Personnel will be available to answer any questions regarding the passport application and process.

Applicants wishing to complete their passport application will need to bring the following items:

(1) Government issued photo ID (i.e. a driver’s license) (2) Photocopy of the ID, with both sides of the ID copied onto the same sheet of paper (3) Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e. a certified birth certificate) (4) 2 recent passport photos (these will be taken for $5 at the event) (5) Passport fees in 2 separate checks of $110 payable to the U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Lenawee County Clerk’s Office.

For those who wish to renew their passport, the cost is $110 and the application may be made via mail.  There is no fee for this application. Passports are valid for 10 years and serve as a proper form of identification.

Applicants not wishing to process their applications on November 17, may take their unsigned application (applicants can only sign the application in the presence of the Passport Acceptance Clerk), along with necessary documents and fees, to the Lenawee County Clerk’s office, located on the third floor of the Judicial Building at 425 N. Main Street in downtown Adrian. Passport applications may also be presented at the Adrian Post Office on Maumee Street.

It is important to have all proper travel documents completed to travel out of the country including to Canada and Mexico, where passports are now required. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), the Federal legislation requiring a passport to travel to or from the United States is currently only in effect for air travel.  For travel by sea and land (by car), travelers must present a valid passport or passport card.

Light refreshments will also be served. The Institute of Study Abroad is located in 131 Valade Hall off of Williams St. on the Adrian College campus. For more information about passports, prospective applicants should visit the U.S. Department of State’s web site at www.state.gov.  Additional information regarding the WHTI can be found at www.getyouhome.gov.

More information about Passport Day may be obtained by contacting Dr. Robin Bott, director of the Institute for Study Abroad, at 517- 265-5161, ext. 4080 or via e-mail at studyabroad@adrian.edu.