Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend Passport Night in Penfield from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.
This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County clerk’s office and the town of Penfield. Call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at (585) 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.
“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County clerk’s office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Steklof. “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.”
Residents may also apply for a passport card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $25 processing fee. County clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents,” said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. “Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met.”
Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children younger than 16 will need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid New York state driver’s license or nondriver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult or an INS Alien Registration Card.
People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.
The fee for a new U.S. passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 — $110 plus a $35 application fee. For an applicant younger than 16, the fee is $115 — $80 plus a $35 application fee. Passport cards — which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants younger than 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7 for a set of two.
Visit monroecounty.gov/health-VitalRecords.php for application requirements. Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance. Visit travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html for forms.
Passport processing typically takes four to six weeks. Call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at (585) 753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.