Postal Bulletin: A U.S. Passport is Your Key to International Travel

The Department of State’s Passport Services Directorate issues U.S. passports to traveling Americans. Passports are a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel, and also allow you to re-enter the United States. A passport book or card is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. U.S. citizens can use each as follows: The passport…

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USPS tests fingerprinting service with FBI

USPS is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to test fingerprinting services at two Washington, DC, Post Offices. The program allows the offices to provide fingerprinting services to customers applying for an identity history summary check (IdHSC), which lists certain information taken from fingerprint submissions kept by the FBI. An IdHSC can be required…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities

Background The U.S. Postal Service accepts passport applications at over 5,000 post offices nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Postal Service agreed to accept passport applications for a minimum of 5 hours per day. There is a $25 fee for first-time applications and no fee for renewal applications. Some locations offer…

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