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Hempstead holds 'Passport Day' this weekend

A passport is now virtually a "must" for

A passport is now virtually a "must" for anyone who ever wants to fly anywhere outside the United States (to be fully accurate, anyone who wants to fly back into the United States after visiting any other country). Credit: iStockphoto

Applying for a passport will get a little easier Saturday, as the Town of Hempstead takes part in “Passport Day in the USA,” the town announced.

“This special day at Town Hall is convenient for residents who may not be able to apply for a passport during the workweek,” Supervisor Kate Murray said in a news release.

The service will be available at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Town Clerk Mark Bonilla encouraged citizens to take advantage of the day before the high travel season begins.

“For those traveling this summer, the time to apply is now,” he said in the release. “It normally takes four to six weeks for passports to process. Avoid unnecessary stress by applying at our Passport Day in the USA.”

Passport Day is an initiative from the U.S. State Department to allow citizens to apply for a passport at a Regional Passport Agency without an appointment.

Hempstead Town Hall is already home to the One-stop Passport Shop, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., the release said. The clerk’s office also provides a “Speedy Pass” service, a mobile passport station that goes to schools and organizations for groups planning to travel abroad.

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