Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Passports - Courier - USPS sets Passport Fair

Published in the Courier, Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Passport Fair set to help residents

Changes in travel requirements have significantly increased the number of passport applications. It is estimated that demand for passports will grow from 12 million to 17 million by 2008.

To make it more convenient for the public to apply for a passport, Plainfield postal officials are holding a special Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave.

The Passport Fair is a passport acceptance opportunity with dedicated staffing on hand specifically devoted to passport acceptance.

"Although walk-ins are welcome, we suggest making an appointment," Acting Postmaster Michael Deignan said. "Give Pat Hembree a call at (908) 731-4393, and we would be glad to set up an appointment."

Deignan also offers these tips when applying for a passport:
  • Bring proper proof of American citizenship or naturalization. This must be either: a state-issued certified birth certificate; a previous official passport; or a naturalization certificate, if you are foreign-born. (Please note: a hospital-issued birth certificate is not acceptable.)
  • Bring in one officially acceptable state or government photo ID. This can be either a driver's license, a military photo ID or a state-issued photo ID. Workplace IDs and regular photos are generally not acceptable.
  • The passport application requires two recent identical photographs. The photos must meet specific passport requirements which are explained at (Photos can be taken at the Plainfield Passport Fair for an additional fee.)
  • To save time, download passport application documents at and fill out beforehand. However, don't sign the application form, as the passport acceptance clerk must witness the signing.
  • For children under age 14, both parents' consent and proof of parental relationship are required. See Special Requirements for children under age 14 at for details.
More information is available on the Postal Service Web site at or the Department of State Web site at

-- Staff report

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