MSU and USPS to host passport drive Nov. 19
Minot State University’s Office of International Programs and the Minot office of the United States Postal Service are sponsoring a passport drive Nov. 19 in the Multicultural Center (Student Center, first floor), 3-6:30 p.m. This drive’s objective is to make it convenient for American students, faculty, staff and community members to apply for a passport book or passport card.
"The passport drive’s goal is twofold: first, to make it a quick, simple process for students, faculty, staff and the community to apply for a passport book or passport card, and second, to raise awareness of international travel in general," said Libby Claerbout, director of international programs. "Holding a passport is the first step to embarking upon an international experience."
OIP and USPS undertook passport drives after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it mandatory to show a passport when traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico and other places in Latin America, effective June 1, 2009. In response to requests from border communities for a less expensive, more portable alternative to the traditional passport book, the Department of State began also issuing a passport card.
A passport card holds the same validity period of 10 years as the passport book, but it facilitates entry only at U.S. land and sea ports of entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Otherwise, it carries the same rights and privileges as the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards. Although the passport card has its advantages, individuals are encouraged to apply for the passport book because of its greater flexibility.
Passport books cost $100 for adults and $85 for minors 16 years and under. Passport cards cost $45 for adults and $35 for those 16 years and under. The passport drive will also provide passport photos on location for an extra $15. To see a complete list of documents required to submit a passport or passport card application, visit the Office of International Programs’ Web site at www.minotstateu.edu/international.
For questions, contact OIP at 858-3978.