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Appointments are required but weekend hours an unusual perk for passport seekers

PMG FILE PHOTO - Wilsonville's unusual weekend event for passport applicants is planned for June 17. For customers' added convenience, the Wilsonville Post Office at 29333 S.W. Town Center Loop East will host a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, offering customers a special one-stop opportunity for passports, passport photos and passport cards.

Customers who want to take advantage of this special event and apply for a new passport must make an appointment in advance by dialing 503-294-2350 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Appointments are limited, so customers are urged to call and request a spot as soon as possible.

"We hope having this special Saturday event makes the passport process quick and convenient for customers who may be unable to make it in to the Wilsonville Post Office during our weekday passport service hours," said Padric Fisher, Wilsonville Postmaster.

Regular passport hours at the Wilsonville Main Post Office are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays; appointments are required and can be made by calling 503-570-7802.

Fisher recommended travelers apply for a passport or passport card at least two months prior to trip departure and bring all required documentation to the event.

Postal clerks will also provide photo services for $15 per photo.

Identification, including a copy, is required to prove U.S. citizenship, such as:

- Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport

- Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state (Hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable)

- Consular report of birth abroad or birth certificate

- Naturalization certificate

- Certificate of citizenship

In addition, one current ID is required, such as:

- Naturalization certificate

- Valid driver's license

- Current government ID (city, state or federal)

- Current military ID (military and dependents)

The passport application also requires a recent passport photograph (2" x2"). Photos can be taken at participating Post Offices for a $15 fee.

The cost for a passport book is $135 for adults (16 years and older), with separate payments of $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee and $25 to the Postal Service for its processing fee (set by the Department of State). For persons under 16, the cost is $105, with separate payments of $80 and $25 respectively.

The cost of passport cards for adults (16 years and older) is $55: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for the processing fee; and a $30 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. The passport card cost for those under 16 is $40: $25 in a separate payment to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee; and a $15 separate payment to the State Department for the passport application fee. Children under 16 must be accompanied by both parents when applying for a passport or passport card.

To make the process as quick as possible, applicants are strongly encouraged to print and complete their applications ahead of time by going online at usps.com/passport. Use only black ink and do not sign the application form, as the passport acceptance clerk must witness the signing. Customers may also obtain a form at any passport office.

In most cases, passport renewals do not require an in-person application process; full information is available at travel.state.gov. 

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