(Apple Valley)– Did you know that the first stop on your cruise to the Caribbean should be the Apple Valley Town Hall? Since 2003, the Town Clerk’s Office has processed more than 5,500 passports, generating approximately $150,000 for the Town and earning an award for Performance Excellence by the Department of State for its outstanding service as a Passport Acceptance Facility.
To meet the growing demand for these services, and for the convenience of those who cannot come in during the day, the office has extended its passport processing hours by appointment until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next day for evening hours is Thursday, February 16.
Normal passport office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon; and on afternoons and Fridays by appointment only at (760) 240-7000 x7800.
“People appreciate how convenient it is to get their passport from Town Hall. We held our first evening of extended hours in January and it was very well received,” said Town Clerk LaVonda Pearson. “We processed six passports that night for people who were unable to come during regular business hours so they were thrilled.”
Standard passports for adults are $110 plus a separate $25 processing fee. Passports for children age 15 and under are $80 plus a separate $25 processing fee. Wallet-sized U.S. Passport Cards are valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Fees including the Town processing fee are $55 for adults and $40 for children 15 years and younger. Application fees and processing fees must be paid separately.
Passports can be expedited within two to three weeks for $60 per application. Emergency passport information can be obtained by contacting the United States Department of State Los Angeles Passport Agency at (877) 487-2778 or visit www.travel.state.gov.