Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla have announced that Hempstead Town will participate in “Passport Day in the USA,” providing passport application services to U.S. citizens on a convenient weekend date. This special passport event will be held at Hempstead Town Hall on Saturday, March 10, from 9 AM until 3 PM.
“We encourage you to take advantage of our popular one-stop passport processing services at Passport Day in the USA,” Murray said. “This special day at Town Hall is convenient for residents who may not be able to apply for a passport during the work week.”
Any American citizen who plans to travel internationally is required to have a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States by air. American citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
A relatively new, convenient and cost effective alternative to the book style passport is the passport card. The card, which became available in 2008, can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land and sea border crossings. The card CANNOT be used for international travel by air. The card, however, is less costly and more convenient to carry than a traditional passport.
“For those traveling this summer, the time to apply is now,” Bonilla said. “It normally takes four to six weeks for passports to process. Avoid unnecessary stress by applying at our Passport Day in the USA.”
Since establishing the One-Stop Passport Shop, town officials have continued to make the process of obtaining a passport easy and convenient for would-be travelers. Now the nation’s largest passport acceptance facility, the Passport Shop at Hempstead Town Hall is open weekdays, from 8 AM to 4:45 PM. Appointments are not required. The town can even take the passport photos. The Town Clerk’s “Speedy Pass” brings a mobile passport facility to organizations, teams and clubs who plan to travel abroad, making it easier for groups of travelers to obtain necessary travel documents.
For passport requirements and fees, please visit www.toh.li/passport-services or call the town’s One-Stop Passport Shop at (516) 812-3100 during regular business hours.
“Come to Town Hall to apply for your passport book or passport card,” Bonilla concluded. “It is an easy, convenient way to obtain your required travel documents.”