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ID cards, passports offered for seniors

A passport is now virtually a

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: iStock

Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will partner with Hempstead Town officials to sponsor senior ID card and U.S. passport programs in North Merrick.

The programs will be offered tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd. All Town of Hempstead residents ages 60 and older are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card.

The wallet-sized senior ID card includes a photo and the holder’s personal data, physician’s contact information, and emergency contact phone numbers, which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency.

Allergies and other vital information can also be printed on the cards.

The passport program is open to residents wishing to obtain or renew a passport.

Applicants must bring proof of United States citizenship, such as a previous passport or a certified birth certificate, and proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or nondriver ID.

Federal and town passport fees must be paid through personal checks or money orders since credit cards will not be accepted.

Residents with questions about passport requirements and fees should call the town clerk’s passport office at 516-812-3100.

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