SILVER SPRING, Md., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Passport and Visa Services (NAPVS) commends the U.S. Passport Service for opening to the public all 24 regional passport offices and participating passport acceptance facilities on Saturday, April 9th. "Passport Day in the USA" provides any U.S. citizen in need of a passport book or card with the Saturday convenience of walking into any of these 24 offices without an appointment. A list of these office locations and hours can be found at the State Department website, http://travel.state.gov/passportday.
With summer only a few months away, now is a good time for American citizens planning to travel abroad to make sure they have a valid passport by taking advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to submit a passport application on a Saturday.
Citizens planning on visiting a Passport Office that day should know starting April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant's parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information are no longer acceptable as evidence of citizenship.
A birth certificate is required for a first-time passport applicant, for anyone who has lost their passport and anyone under 16 years old. Full application procedures can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html.
NAPVS member companies provide the latest information on US passport and foreign visa rules. As a result, vacation travelers and employees of Fortune 1000 companies, federal and state government agencies, and international nonprofit organizations use NAPVS members' services to obtain their passports and visas as quickly as 24 hours or within a few days.
Only NAPVS members abide by a Code of Conduct that lays out strict procedures for protecting a customer's personal identifiable information. The Code requires member companies to conduct annual background checks on all employees. The NAPVS Code, along with lists and links to all member company sites, can be found on the NAPVS website at http://www.napvs.org.
Contact: Rob Smith, Executive Director
(W) 301-650-2320, (M) 301-580-6630, E-mail: [email protected]
SOURCE National Association of Passport and Visa Services