From the Travel Desk: Passport Day in Minneapolis

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Is a winter getaway to Costa Rica or Mexico on your wish list? Though cold weather has yet to set in, mark your calendar for Sept. 13 as an important day for your vacation. That’s when the Minneapolis Passport Agency will host Passport Day.

The office — one of 26 such regional agencies across the country — usually handles expedited passport applications and requires appointments for its weekday hours. Passport Day opens up the agency on a Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anyone is welcome to apply for a passport, expedited or not. (Expedited processing costs $60.)

The office is in the old Federal Office Building, a classical revival beauty, at 212 3rd Av. S. in downtown Minneapolis. The event is being held in part to celebrate Passport Awareness Month.

The passport agency issues both traditional passport books and the less expensive passport cards, which can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.

Fees depend upon an applicant’s age and whether he or she is getting a first-time or renewed passport. For a first-time adult applicant, a passport book costs $110 and a passport card costs $30. In both cases, the applicant would also pay a $25 execution fee to cover costs such as administering the oath, verifying the applicant’s identity, and transmitting the applications.

It will be best to arrive at the office with passport photos and completed application forms in hand. Get more information about passports and download forms at www.travel.state.gov. If you can’t make Passport Day but still want to visit the agency in Minneapolis, call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment.

 

Send your questions or tips to travel editor Kerri Westenberg at travel@startribune.com, and follow her on twitter @kerriwestenberg.

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