McMINNVILLE — Amid a spike in passport applications, the Yamhill County Clerk's Office is holding special weekend hours Saturday to accommodate customers who find it difficult to visit its 414 N.E. Evans location during business hours.
The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides photo services for $15 per person.
Ten years ago it became a requirement for drivers heading into Canada and Mexico to have a current passport in order to return to the United States. Prior to that, drivers could make those trips using simply a valid drivers license.
Because the majority of passports are valid for 10 years, the county is seeing a significant spike in passport applications, according to a release sent out by County Clerk Brian Van Bergen.
In most cases, both parents must be present when submitting their passport applications for children, so the event is partly intended to help serve entire families. Only passport related items will be handled during the one-time event. Customers can choose to have the clerk's office take their photo or have other vendors provide that service prior to the event.
All passport applications must be complete with photos and full payment before they can be processed. Partially completed applications will not be accepted.
All persons applying for a passport must be present when submitting their application. In anticipation of significant interest in the event, it may be necessary to give priority to customers who arrive with all of their documentation completed.
A list of the basic requirements and costs related to the application are available online at www.co. yamhill.or.us/content/passports, as well as the U.S. Department of State's passport website at www.travel.state.gov.
Most people applying for a new passport will need: a completed passport application (DS-11) that is unsigned; proof of citizenship (photocopies will not be accepted and state-certified birth certificate are considered best); two identical passport photographs; current identification (a valid Oregon drivers' license is best and children under 18 can use a parent's ID); appropriate fees, paid to the U.S. Department of State in the form of a check or money order for each applicant; fees paid to the Yamhill County Clerk may be in the form of a check, money order or cash, and can be combined into one payment (the office is not able to process debit or credit card transactions).