2006-03-17 / Columnists

From The Rockaway Postmaster's Desk

PO To Host Passport Fair March 25
By George P. Buonocore

George P. Buonocore 
George P. Buonocore My staff and I will host a "Passport Fair" at the Far Rockaway Post Office, 1836 Mott Avenue on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The aim of the fair is to make it more convenient for postal customers to obtain a passport.

Postal officials will be on hand to accept Passport Applications and take photographs. Light refreshments will be served and a Spanish-speaking acceptance agent will also be available.

The United States Postal Service can accept first time passport applicants and passport renewals.With enhanced travel security, passports are the prime accepted identification for travelers.The United States Postal Service, in conjunction with the Department of State, affords our customers this additional service at a reasonable rate. Our customers are the reason we're in business, and providing them with an extra service like passports is an opportunity for the Postal Service to serve the needs of our community.

Here are helpful tips for applying for a passport:

+ Fill out the passport application (DS11), before you come to the post office. Residents can download it from the USPS website.

+ Bring proof of US citizenship with you and current photo identification.

Far Rockaway postal officials can take the photographs.

Those who are interested are urged to have all of their documentation with them. All information on passport applications, procedures and fees can be obtained by contacting this local Post Office or on the worldwide web at www.usps.com. Click on the government links page then click on get a passport.

I emphasize that additional postal information is always available from the Postal Service's toll-free call center at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

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