To assist customers planning a trip out of the country, the Brady Post Office (229 South Blackburn) is holding a special passport fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 17. Effective Jan. 23, passport regulations now require a valid passport for U.S. Citizens traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. “Customers need to prepare in advance,” said Brady Postmaster Donna Brandenberger. “Because of the increase in workload, routine passport processing now takes eight weeks. The Postal Service wants to help customers receive their passport in plenty of time for their trip.” To obtain a passport, customers need to: ‘ Bring in proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Please note: a hospital- issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.) ‘ Bring in proof of identity. This must be either a recently issued U.S. passport; a recently issued naturalization certificate; a recently issued certificate of citizenship; or a current and valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID. ‘ The passport application requires two recent identical passport photographs of you (two-inch by two-inch in size), which the Brady Post Office will provide for $15. ‘ To save time, customers may download a passport application at www.usps.com/passport to complete beforehand. ‘ All applicants must appear in person (including minors). ‘ Minors under the age of 14 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required. Each passport for an adult must be accompanied by a check or money order for $67 made payable to the U.S. State Department and a $30 execution fee made payable to the postmaster. Fees for children under 16 are $52 and $30. “It is important for customers to complete this process well before their trip,” said Mrs. Brandenberger. Customers traveling in less than eight weeks can request Expedite Service and receive their passport in two weeks. Expedite Service costs an additional $60 plus mail charges to the passport processing center and for return of the new passport. Customers may call 325-597-2298 if they have questions about the Brady Passport Fair. Customers can also call 800-ASK-USPS to get the location of other nearby passport post offices and their passport customer service hours, or they can visit the State Department’s website at www.travel.state.gov.