ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College Institute for Study Abroad is hosting “Passport Day” on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in the institute office from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A staff member from the United States Postal Service will be on hand to process completed applications from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Applicants wishing to complete everything at the event will need to bring the following items with them:
(1) a government issued photo ID (i.e. a driver’s license)
(2) a 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) one recent passport photo (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 Postmaster.
For those with passports who wish to renew them, the cost is $110 for a new passport and the application may be made via mail. There is no fee for execution of the application. Passports are valid for 10 years and also serve as a proper form of identification.
Applicants not wishing to process their applications on February 14th may take their unsigned application (applicants can only sign the application in the presence of a certifiable individual) along with necessary documents and fees to the Adrian Post Office, located at 413 E. Maumee Street in downtown Adrian.
The event is open to the area community. Passport photos will be taken and applications will be available. The cost is $5 for two passport photos. Personnel will be available to answer any questions regarding the passport application and process.
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.
The Institute for Study Abroad is located in 131 Valade Hall at the corner of Williams and Madison 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.