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Passport Fair makes one-stop-shop for application process

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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:00 am

With summer around the corner, many families start planning for their upcoming vacation. If your heart is set on an international destination, it is important to get all your documents in order early in the process to avoid any potential delays.

The Passport Fair could not come at a better time to get you on your way for a smooth start on March 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety.

“The Passport Fair is open to all,” said Danielle Dansby, Center for Public Safety passport acceptance agent. “Everyone is welcome to take advantage of this important service to our community.”

According to Dansby, the last Passport Fair was a success with more than 200 participants. The Jacksonville Department of Public Safety hopes to exceed that number this year.

“Passport agents executed 107 applications during the fair held last year at the Center for Public Safety,” said Dansby. “Over 200 people attended, many who were military members and their families. We had attendees who drove from as far as Havelock and Wilmington. We had an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees.”

Passport acceptance agents will be at the Center for Public Safety to provide event participants with one-stop-shop access to passport forms, photos and expedited and overnight services to complete a U.S. Passport application. Once an application is complete, it’s forwarded to the Passport Services section of the U.S. Department of State for an issuance determination.

According to Dansby, one of the main benefits of the Passport Fair is the convenience of the extended hours for the services offered.

“Passport Acceptance Services at the Center for Public Safety are normally Monday through Friday,” said Dansby. “Offering services on a weekend is helpful to applicants, as they don’t have to miss school or work. Another benefit is that all of the passport acceptance agents are available for streamlined service and one-stop shopping. We have the application forms available, can make copies and take the required photos. All applicants need to do is appear in person, bring evidence of citizenship, ID and a checkbook or money orders.”

The Passport Fair was created with convenience in mind and will include activities for participants attending with young children.

“During the Passport Fair, we will have activities for kids such as coloring books and movies to help occupy them,” said Dansby. “Our experienced agents will be available to execute the passports as quickly as possible.”

While the process can be stressful for some people, Dansby said their goal is to make it quick and simple.

“During the fair held last year at the Center for Public Safety, the wait was less than 30 minutes,” said Dansby. “We strive to simplify the process and make it as pleasant as possible. We welcome our military citizens and friends, as well as their families, to come out to the Passport Fair to apply for their passports — be sure to bring your military ID.”

If your child is 15 years old or younger, both parents are required to sign the application in front of an agent. According to Dansby, parents who need to obtain a notarized consent, can download a Statement of Consent from www.travel.state.us.

“The applicant can download DS 3053 Statement of Consent,” said Dansby. “This will allow one parent to obtain notarized consent from the other parent. Please call and speak to an agent for guidance in cases where there is limited or no contact with the other parent.”

Dansby advises applicants to bring a check book or money orders as their agents are not able to accept cash, debit or credit cards.

“Applicants are required to have two checks or money orders, as there are separate fees associated with passports,” said Dansby.

Participating in the Passport Fair is a great opportunity to obtain your passport in a stress-free setting, and save money before the national fee increase, which goes into effect this April. The passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.

The City of Jacksonville is certified through the U.S. Department of State as a Passport Acceptance Facility and in addition to the Passport Fair, provides passport services Monday through Friday. For more information, call 910-455-4000.

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Document checklist

  • Completed passport application (DS-11), typed or filled out in black ink
  • Proof of US citizenship (birth certificate, expired passport, naturalization certificate)
  • Submit proof of identity (driver’s license, military ID, other government issued ID, previously issued passport, etc)
  • Provide a recent 2”x2” high-quality photograph (photo service available)
  • Checks or money orders for City Services made out to the City of Jacksonville
  • Check or money order for USDOS Services made out to the U.S. Department of State.

All documents must be original or a certified copy. For more details about fees involved, visit www.jacksonvillenc.gov/Passports.

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