People and families who need a new passport will be able to learn more about the process and file and application during a special event Saturday.
Passport Day in the USA 2013 will be held at local post offices so parents don't have to miss work to apply for a child's U.S. passport.
"Many customers find it more convenient to visit the post office on Saturday and most of the offices offering Saturday hours have extra staffing to accommodate the extra passport applicants," said Loretta Tolliver, U.S. Postal Service Marketing Manager.
Passports for children under the age of 16 expire every five years and to apply for a passport for a child under 16, both parents and the child must appear in person or bring a notarized "Minor Consent" form signed by the absent parent. Applicants must provide a Application for Passport Form DS-11. The form can be downloaded from the USPS website at www.usps.com/passport. The form is also available at the post office.
For more information about cost and documents needed to apply for a passport, visit www.usps.com/passport. Department of State Regional Passport Agencies and Centers will not be open for service Saturday.
Those who cannot participate in the Saturday event can follow a live twitter question and answer session @TravelGov at 9 a.m. To ask a question, Tweet @TravelGov using #AskState. The conversation can be followed through the week by using the hashtag, #PPTDay or by visiting the TravelGov Facebook page beginning March 4 for daily passport tips and referrals to other online resources.
Local participating post offices are:
Belleville Post Office, 120 W. Washington St., open from 9 a.m. to noon.
Dutch Hollow Post Office in Belleville, 5731 Mount Pleasant Lane, open from 10 a.m. to noon.
Alton Post Office, 727 Belle St., open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bethalto Post Office, 115 W. Central St., open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Breese Post Office, 501 N. Second St., open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Caseyville Post Office, 113 S. Long St., open from 9 a.m. to noon.
Collinsville Post Office, 130 S. Center St., open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Columbia Post Office, 800 Columbia Center, open from 9 a.m. to noon.
Godfrey Post Office, 400 Tolle Lane, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Granite City Post Office, 2350 Madison Ave., open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Highland Post Office, 801 Main St., open from 9 a.m. to noon.
New Baden Post Office, 203 E. Hanover St., open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
O'Fallon Post Office, 1111 S. Lincoln Ave., open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Waterloo Post Office, 305 E. Third St., open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wood River Post Office, 161 E. Ferguson Ave., open from 9 a.m. to noon.