Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad are inviting residents to start planning their week off on their day off. “Passport Day in the USA’s Largest Township” will be held at Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead) on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering residents a convenient weekend date on which to apply for a U.S. Passport.
“‘Passport Day in the USA’s Largest Township’ is a one-stop shop for passport application services in the Town of Hempstead,” stated Murray. “We know town residents work hard during the week, and we urge them to attend on March 22nd to apply for their U.S. Passport and start planning their next vacation.”
The town’s Passport Shop supplies the applications, takes passport photos and does not require appointments.
“We invite all residents who need a passport for their upcoming vacation to visit Town Hall on March 22nd for ‘Passport Day in the USA’s Largest Township,’” said Ahmad.
All United States citizens entering and re-entering the U.S. by air, land or sea must have a valid U.S. passport; this includes children and newborn infants. Most foreign nations also require a passport to enter their respective countries. The normal turnaround time for a passport is currently within 4 to 6 weeks from the date of application. The U.S. Department of State also offers Expedited Service, shortening the turnaround time to 2 to 3 weeks (for an additional fee).
While convenient for many residents, this special weekend event is not the only time neighbors can apply for a passport. The Town Clerk’s One-Stop Passport Shop, the nation’s largest passport acceptance facility, is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For details on passport requirements, documentation and fees, please call the One-Stop Passport Shop at (516) 812-3100, or visit www.toh.li/passport-services.
“Whether you’ll be flying to New Zealand, backpacking through Europe or driving past Niagara Falls, your first destination should be ‘Passport Day in the USA’s Largest Township,’” stated Murray.