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Kitsap County to offer passport services

In anticipation of the travel season and changing passport requirements, Kitsap County is providing passport services at the Kitsap Mall during spring break.

“Spring break is a great time to think about travel, and we want to make it easier for people to get passports and the new passport cards,” said Kitsap County Clerk Dave Peterson. “We’re also offering applications for the passport card at the mall, which can be used in lieu of a passport for ground and sea passage into and out of Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.”

Beginning in June all foreign travel requires a valid United States passport, a passport card, or other special proof of citizenship.

The special office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30 and March 31, and is located adjacent to the food court in the Kitsap Mall.

This being the government there are a few details to consider. If you are obtaining a passport or passport card for a child under 16 parental consent from both parents is required. The new passport card, while not good for air travel, is a streamlined option for ground and sea passage. The card fee is $20, plus a $25 execution fee. A regular passport for adults costs $75 for adults, plus the $25 execution fee. Passports for children under 16 are $60, plus the $25 execution fee. The execution fee is part of the cost of the passport and must be paid regardless of where the passport application is made.

Execution fees are payable to the Kitsap County Clerk. The passport fees are payable to the Department of State. Payment must be by check or money order, and must be paid at the time of service. Each application must have a separate check for the Department of State. Families may write one check for amounts due to the Kitsap County Clerk.

Each applicant needs to provide proof of citizenship, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate or a former passport. Children under 16 who have a former passport also need to provide a certified birth certificate to show parental relationship. Each applicant need to have proof of identity and provide two 2” x 2” color photos. If you apply for a passport at the Clerk’s Office in Port Orchard you can get photos made there for $10 per person.

“We feel this is a useful outreach to our community and expect many residents to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Peterson.

For more information call (360) 337-7164 or go to www.kitsapgov.com/clerk.

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