Post Office hosts Passport Day this Saturday

File photo of a U.S. passport. (Photo: Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Heading to Mexico, Canada or anywhere else outside the States? Post Offices are hosting Passport Day Saturday, Aug. 11.

It's intended to make it easier to get a new passport or renew your old one.

Participating Indiana locations include:

  • Anderson
  • Bedford
  • Bloomfield
  • Carmel
  • Columbus
  • Covington
  • Crane
  • Crown Point
  • Elkhart
  • Elwood
  • Fishers
  • Fort Wayne - Hazelwood
  • Frankfort
  • Gary - Main
  • Granger
  • Greencastle
  • Greensburg
  • Hartford City
  • Huntington
  • Indianapolis - Bacon
  • Indianapolis - Eagle Creek
  • Indianapolis - Eastgate
  • Indianapolis - Oaklandon
  • Kendallville
  • Kokomo
  • ​Lafayette
  • Lagrange
  • ​Mooresville
  • Muncie
  • North Manchester
  • Notre Dame
  • Rensselaer
  • Richmond
  • Rockville
  • Rushville
  • ​Santa Claus
  • Spencer
  • Tell City
  • Terre Haute
  • Topeka
  • Vincennes
  • Winamac
  • Zionsville

You can pay any photo or acceptance fees with a credit or debit card, but the application fee itself must be paid by cash or check. Current passport fees total $145 for anyone 16 or older, including a $110 application fee plus a $35 processing fee to the Post Office. Anyone under 16, that drops to $115 total. If you need a passport photo, that will cost you $15.

It will take an average of six weeks to get your passport back, though you can pay an additional fee for expedited processing. That includes overnight delivery both to and from the State Department, and means you can get your passport back closer to three weeks.

When you apply, be sure to bring:

  • proper proof of American citizenship (either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, country or state - hospital-issued certificates aren't enough; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate)
  • proof of identity (either a previous U.S. passport; a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver’s license, a government ID or military photo ID)
  • passport photo or $15 to pay for one to be taken
  • you can download a passport application from the State Department ahead of time and bring that with you to save time at the Post Office, or just fill one out there
  • yourself (all applicants must appear in person, including minors; anyone under 16 has to either appear with both parents or one parent plus a notarized authorization from the other)