MSU and USPS To host passport drive Nov. 19
Minot State Universityís Office of International Programs and the Minot office of the United States Postal Service are sponsoring their fourth annual passport drive Nov. 18 in the Multicultural Center (Student Center, first floor), 3-6:30 p.m. This driveís objective is to offer an easy and convenient avenue for American students, faculty, staff and community members to apply for a passport book or passport card.
The drive is one of many activities planned on the MSU campus in celebration of International Education Week, Nov. 15-19. IEW is a nationwide effort to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
"Holding a passport drive has two primary purposes: first, to make it a quick and 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 began planning passport drives after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it mandatory to show a passport when traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and other places in Latin America, effective June 2009. In response to requests from border communities for a less expensive, more portable alternative to the traditional passport book, the U. S. Department of State began also issuing a passport card. The passport card is beneficial to anyone who frequently travels across the border. However, it cannot be used for travel by air.
Passport books cost $135 for adults and $105 for minors 16 years and under. Passport cards cost $55 for adults and $45 for those 16 years and under. The passport drive will also provide passport photos for an extra $15. To see a complete list of documents required to submit a passport or passport card application, visit the OIPís website at www.minotstateu.edu/international.
For questions, contact the USPS at 857-6121.