Texas A&M To Host Passport Day USA On March 9

Texas A&M University, through its Study Abroad Programs Office, will host Passport Day on Saturday (March 9) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of West Bizzell Hall.

Organizers say the special event will offer an opportunity to renew passport books or passport cards, find out more about applying for a passport and for members of the Study Abroad Programs Office to accept passport applications from U.S. citizens.

“We are a full passport acceptance facility,” says Michael Clement with Study Abroad. “We accept all passport applications.”

Study Abroad is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2013, a national passport acceptance and outreach event. This year, the Bureau of Consular Affairs is focusing on family travel, so organizers say the convenient Saturday hours ensure most parents won’t have to miss work to apply for their child’s U.S. passport.

Parents are advised to keep in mind that passports for children under the age of 16 expire every five years. To apply for a passport for a child under the age of 16, both parents and the child will need to appear in person or bring a notarized “Minor Consent” form signed by the absent parent.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States when they travel by air. This rule also applies to citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry. They must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information regarding the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at http://travel.state.gov/. Passport information is also available by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

West Bizzell Hall is located on Houston Street facing Simpson Drill Field. Parking is available in the University Center Garage, or visitors can go to http://transport.tamu.edufor more parking information.