Passport Saturday in Big Bear

Passport Saturday
Fawnskin Postmaster Cynthia asked me to share this with you:

The US Postal Service will host Passport Saturday on May 27th from 10am until 3pm at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Families will be able to apply for a passport without taking time off work or school to obtain their vacation passports.

“A passport is no longer a luxury in today’s world, said Fawnskin postmaster Cynthia Crane. “Whether for an emergency requiring travel outside the country, a short-notice airfare bargain, an unexpected business trip or for added identification, having your passport already in hand will save time money and stress.”

The US Passport Agency’s typical processing time is six to eight weeks. To obtain a passport for the first time, applicants will need proof of US citizenship and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license. A certified copy of a birth certificate (not a California abstract or photocopy) is the best proof of citizenship. Applicants will also need two photographs. Photo service will be available at the Passport Saturday event. Parents applying for children under 14 must both be present along with the child.

Passport application fees are $67 for adults, $52 for children under the age of 15, and a $30 acceptance fee applies to each application. Passport photos are $15. Payment may be accepted by personal check or cash.

A change in the international travel initiative will effect passport requirements. Instituted on December 31, 2005, all travelers to and from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are now required to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States.

The rest of the initiative will be implemented in two additional phases. On December 31, 2006 the requirement will apply to all air, sea, and land travel to for from Mexico and Canada. On December 31, 2007 the requirement will extend to all air, sea, and land border crossings.

For more information on the initiative and how it may affect you, please visit the State Department’s consular website: or the US Department of Homeland Security’s website:

Be sure to drop by and see Cynthia! Representatives from two other local postal offices will be assisting.

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