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March 2009

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ASU Office to Host Passport Fair

In celebration of “Passport Day in the U.S.A.,” Angelo State University’s new Passport Office will host a Passport Fair Saturday, March 28, in the ASU Rassman Building, 2222 Dena Drive.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 in the ASU Center for International Studies, Room 101/102 of the Rassman Building. The event is open to the public and anyone needing a passport or passport card is encouraged to attend.

The ASU Passport Office provides all the services available at the U.S. Post Office, including photos, applications, processing and renewals. Fees in the ASU office are also the same as those at the Post Office. They include $75 to the U.S. Department of State, $25 to ASU and $10 for passport photos, if photos are needed. Fees can be paid by cash, check, money order or credit card, except the State Department fee, which must be a check or money order. The fee for a passport card is $45.

To apply for a passport or passport card, applicants must also provide a certified copy of their birth certificate, an official government-issued photo ID and two colored passport-size photos.

Starting June 1, all travelers wishing to venture outside the U.S. must have a passport or passport card, even at the Mexico border. Passport cards are about the size of a driver’s license and can substitute for a regular passport for land and sea border crossings to Mexico, Canada and parts of the Caribbean. However, international air travelers will still need a regular passport.

More information on the cost and how to apply for a passport and/or a passport card is available at www.travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

For more information on the ASU Passport Fair, call the Center for International Studies at 942-2083.