What is a Passport Fair?
A Passport Fair in your local area may make applying for your U.S. Passport even easier. Passport Fairs are becoming quite popular this summer as passport offices are receiving record numbers of passport applications. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of State expects over 47 million passports to expire this year alone. These passport fairs provide quick ‘open door’ passport service so you can get the process underway without an appointment. Many US Postal Service locations across the country are offering Passport Fairs. A Passport Fair is a basically an open event for U.S. citizens to apply for a U.S. Passport, without the need for an appointment. Many passport acceptance facilities require an appointment in advance, and many times this can be difficult for people to fit in their busy schedules.
What is a passport fair price and fees?
The Postal Service doesn’t receive tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. There are no additional fees when applying for your passport through the Postal Service, with the exception of shipping your documents to the Passport Agency. You will need to bring the required documents for your passport application. If you need to know what documents you need, visit the Passport Services page and select the passport type that you need. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome, and passport photo service will be available.
What is a passport fair alternative?
Routine processing through the post office can take 4-6 weeks or longer, so apply early. If you have upcoming travel plans, you have some options to expedite your passport. Expediting your passport does come with additional service fees. The government charges an additional $60 to all expedited applications. If you choose to utilize a private registered passport service, you can get your passport processed as fast as 24 hours. Additional fees will apply. To learn more, please visit the Emergency Passport section of our site.