RACINE COUNTY — Planning a vacation to a lush tropical isle for spring break, or a jaunt to Europe this summer?
Then it’s time to apply for a passport, or that trip of one’s dreams won’t become a reality. To make the process a little easier, two Racine-area post offices will host Passport Day events on Saturday — no appointments are required.
“A lot of people can’t make it during the week or (by appointment),” Racine Postmaster Edward Palladino said on Wednesday. “It does prevent some people from coming in and getting them done through us. We’re trying to make it as convenient as possible.”
The Passport Days are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 1300 Perry Ave., Racine, and 2635 Four Mile Road, Caledonia.
Passports are good for 10 years, but passports must be reapplied for if they expired at least five years ago. The cost of a first-time passport book is $110 to the U.S. Department of State plus a $25 acceptance fee to the U.S. Postal Service, according to the USPS. The renewal fee also is $110, Palladino said.
Residents also may apply for passport cards, which are less costly but more restrictive than the traditional passport books. Passport cards may be used for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, according to the Postal Service. The fee for the adult passport card is $30. The cost for a passport book for children younger than 16 is $80 while the passport card fee is $15.
Passport photos also may be taken on Saturday for $15.
Palladino estimates that 40 to 50 passports will be applied for on Saturday.
“An average week we could do between three and five, but when we have the spikes, we’re probably in the (range of) five to 10 a week,” Palladino said of this time of year.
To apply for a passport book or card, residents must show a certified copy of birth certificates, or certificates of citizenship or naturalization. They also must show a current driver’s license, state ID card or military-issued photo ID.