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April 3rd, 2009
Passport office to stay open for 'Shred Day'

Cynthia Knox, Shelley Goodwin and City Clerk Sherry Mashburn are ready to help citizens safely dispose of personal papers during Saturday’s Shred Day, from 9 a.m.- noon at City Hall.

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The City of San Marcos will keep its passport office open on April 4 to coincide with “shred day” at City Hall.

City Clerk Sherry Mashburn, and her staff, will be on hand to help residents who need to dispose of personal documents, or other pieces of paper with sensitive information. Documents will be shredded on site by Marshall Shredding of San Antonio.

“With the increased awareness of identity theft,” said Mashburn, “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. This event helps with home records management, and publicizes the importance of managing records.”

The passport office will process applications on the same day in the City Clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to noon. Each applicants will need a certified birth certificate, two passport photos and a valid photo I.D. For information regarding passport requirements, click here.

The U.S. State Department charges from $60-$75 for a passport, depending on the age of the applicant. The City of San Marcos charges an additional $25 to process the application. Expedited service will not be available on April 7.

Residents will also be able to apply for the less expensive passport card, which can be used for travel to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card cannot be used for air travel.

Additionally, the clerk’s office will issue certified birth certificates for San Marcos births only on Saturday.

For more information on payment methods, or for other questions, call the City Clerk’s office at (512) 393-8090. For more information on “shred day,” click here.

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