Contact: Anne Comeaux Sutton, Clerk of District Court
for the Holidays or Spring Break?
not too early to start thinking about your passports.
Jackson, Wyo. – Oct.
25, 2016 – If
you think you might be traveling this winter or spring, it’s not too early to
begin securing travel documents for you and your family. The Clerk of District
Court Office is encouraging Teton County residents to check their passport
status well in advance of target travel dates, and to renew or acquire
passports early to avoid last-minute stress, expedited service fees, and a
possible fee increase in the new year.
break may seem like a long time from now, but we can tell you from experience
that it sneaks up on people,” said Anne Comeaux Sutton, Clerk of District
Clerk of District Court Office processes more than 1,000 passport applications
a year, Sutton said. Often, those applications process without a hitch, taking
4 to 6 weeks under routine services. For an additional $60 fee, applicants can
request expedited services, which take approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
some applications are trickier than others, requiring the applicant to hunt
down original certified copies of documents, to deal with name changes, or in
the case of applications for children, to find times to visit the Clerk of
District Court Office that work for both children and parents.
are reminded that for those 15 years old and under, BOTH parents must be
present with their child to apply for a passport. For youths ages 16 and 17, at
least one parent must be present with their child.
of school-age children may find it helpful to apply for passports on no-school
days, as children and both parents must be present to apply,” Sutton said. The next no-school day options (public
schools) are this Friday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Clerk of Court
Office is closed Nov. 11th.
incentive to process passport applications sooner rather than later is that
fees may be going up in 2017. There’s a federal proposal in the works to
increase passport fees by $10 in 2017, Sutton said.
public can stop by the Clerk of Court Office, 180 S. King St., to apply for
passports weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sutton recommends that
applicants call first.
they call first, we can save them time and ensure that they have everything
they need before they come in person,” Sutton said. “That way, they only have
to make one trip.”
details are available by calling the Clerk of District Court Office at
733-2533, visiting www.tetonwyo.org/codc, and by visiting the U.S.
Department of State passport web pages at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.