Chattanooga Post Office To Hold Passport Fair March 3

Friday, February 23, 2018
The Chattanooga Main Post Office, 6050 Shallowford Road, will host a Passport Fair on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to assist customers planning international trips.
 
Fairs serve customers on a first come, first served basis.  No appointments are needed.  (There is a limited capacity for acceptance.)  
 
"For appointments during regular passport processing hours, the U.S. Postal Service has made scheduling easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler tool (RCAS) at http://www.
usps.com/scheduler
.  The RCAS tool provides customers with an easy, convenient way to schedule appointments to apply for a passport," officials said.
 
Customers have the option of applying for a passport book (good for all international travel) or the passport card (good only for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda).
 
Passport fees
 

 

Adults (Age 16 Years and Older)

Minors (Under Age 16)

Passport Card

$30

$15

Passport Book

$110

$80

Passport Card and Book

$140

$95



 
The fees listed above must be paid with a personal check or money order. There is a $35 processing/acceptance fee and a $15 fee for photos, which can be paid for by cash, personal check, debit and credit cards or money order.  The Chattanooga Post Office offers passport photo services.
 
Travelers are encouraged to apply for a passport several months before they are scheduled to travel overseas. The average time for passport applications and renewals is six weeks. However, for an additional fee, the State Department will expedite the application and process it within three weeks.
 
The Postal Service also suggests travelers check the expiration date on their U.S. passport. Many countries require a passport have as much as six months’ validity remaining for entry.
 
To apply for a passport, travelers need to complete Passport Application Form DS-11 (unsigned) and provide one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics (not a certificate of birth) or naturalization papers. Applicants must also show either a valid driver’s license, a previous or current U.S. passport book or card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, military I.D. or a federal, state or municipal government employee I.D. card. Applicants 15 and under must be present with both parents unless consent is given; ages 16 and 17 require only one parent be present. 
                                                                                                                                              
For more information about passport application requirements and to download forms, visit the State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov.


Candidate Forum To Be Held At The Bethlehem Center

The Bethlehem Center will host a forum where community members can meet the candidates. Each candidate will speak and answer questions presented by  community members. The forum will be held on Thursday  from 6-8 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center at 200 W 38th St. “This event matter because these are the candidates for offices that most closely affect our ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chosen As Pilot City For New EmcArts Program

Chattanooga has been chosen as the location for a new workshop series designed for artists in Chattanooga called “Artists as Change Agents within Complexity”. The program is facilitated by EmcArts, a national arts service organization that works alongside individuals, organizations and communities as they tackle their most complex challenges. In this series, which consists of ... (click for more)

Red Bank Finalizes 20-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Red Bank commissioners voted Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget that includes a property tax increase. Mayor John Roberts said that along with the increase in both commercial and residential development, comes increased traffic. Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, including the secondary roads. The cost of paving these roads is $1 million. Money ... (click for more)

Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.   The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)