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April 2nd, 2008
Clerk to Open Saturday for Shred Day, Passport Processing

By Melissa Millecam

The City Clerk’s office will sponsor a free Shred Day for residents and open its passport office for business from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, April 5 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins,

City Clerk Sherry Mashburn and her staff will be on hand to assist residents who want to dispose of boxes of paper documents by confidential on-site shredding by Marshall Shredding of San Antonio.

“With the increased awareness of identity theft, many people are aware that they should dispose of personal records in a way that insures that others cannot gain possession or misuse the information,” Mashburn said. “This event helps with home records management and publicizes the importance of managing records.”

The passport office provided by the City Clerk’s staff will also be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to process passport applications.

Applicants should bring two passport photos for their application.

The U.S. State Department fees for regular service (four weeks to receive passport) range from $60 to $75 depending on the age of the applicant. The City of San Marcos charges $25 per person to process passport applications.

State Department fees for expedited service (two to three weeks to receive passport) range from $136.25 to $151.25. The City Clerk’s office charges $41.25 per application for expedited service.

In addition to passport books, citizens may also apply for the less expensive passport card which may be used at land and seaport border crossings with Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The passport card may not be used for air travel.

Applicants must pay the U.S. Department of State fee by money order, cashier’s check or personal check since it is sent in with the application.  Temporary checks are not accepted.

The City of San Marcos fee may be paid by cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.  For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 512-393-8090.

The City Clerk’s office processed 4,674 passports in 2007 compared to 2,286 in 2006.

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