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Passport Day in the US A 2010 on March 27

Southern Tier – The Department of State launched Passport Day in the USA 2009 with resounding success. Over 2000 passport acceptance facilities accepted more than 57,000 passport applications during the one-day national event.This year, Passport Day in the USA 2010 is slated for March 27. Nine Southern Tier area Post Offices are scheduled to participate in the national event. (See full list of participating Post Offices and hours at bottom.)Customers have the option of applying for a passport book, good for all international travel or the passport card, which is less expensive but good only for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region and Bermuda.The cost for an adult passport book is $75 plus a $25 processing/acceptance fee and the cost of photos; the adult passport card is $20 plus a $25 processing fee and the cost of photos. Both are good for ten years. Customers wanting both the passport book and card are charged only one processing fee. Payments are accepted via cash, check. Credit cards are acceptable for processing and photo fees only.Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several mont hs before they are scheduled to travel overseas. A passport application is normally processed by the State Department within five to six weeks. However, for an additional fee, the State Department will expedite the application and process it within three business days, and for those who need speedy delivery, the U. S. Postal Service offers Express Mail next day delivery both to and from the State Department.To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned), provide proof of U. S. citizenship and proof of identity, submit two identical passport photos and pay the appropriate passport fees.For more information about passport application requirements, visit the State Department’s travel website at travel.state.gov.

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