Get your passports at B'ville PO

Although the Baldwinsville Post Office has offered passport services in the past, there is something new on the menu.

According to Postmaster Charles France, the Baldwinsville Post Office will provide the new passport card submissions, along with the standard passport book applications and on-site professional photos, during extended hours held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at the 26 East Genesee St. location.

Visitors to area post offices and other sites that accept passport applications can now request the traditional book form, the new passport card or both. The traditional passport allows air, land and sea travel to almost anywhere in the world. On the other hand, the wallet-sized passport card was designed for the needs of residents in border communities. The card is valid for land and sea crossings between the US and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

"The card may not be used to travel by air," France said. "If you only have a passport card on a trip or cruise and an emergency requires you to fly home, you will not be able to re-enter the country. That's why the familiar passport book is still an appropriate document for most travelers."

The card has the same life span as passport book, which is 10 years for an adult and five for youth 15 and younger.

New applications, fees

The State Department was expected to have a new passport application available by Feb. 1. The layout of the form changed, but much of the same information is still required. Applicants still must provide proof of citizenship, separate photo identification and a Social Security number. Passport photos are also needed, but the Baldwinsville Post Office will offer on-site photo service during the extended hours.

Applicants can opt for the book, a card or both.

In another change, applicants under the age of 16 will need consent from both parents to file an application form. It was previously limited to youths aged 14 and under.

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