CHULA VISTA — The Diocese is organizing a Passport Day on Saturday, Jan. 11, to help people, particularly minors, to obtain a U.S. passport or to renew it.
The Office for Life, Peace and Justice is working in partnership with the U.S. Passport Agency to bring this service to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It is open to anyone, not just Catholics.
Bilingual personnel from the agency will review and accept applications for passports or renewals and accept payments. Applicants are encouraged to register with the parish, Monday through Friday, at (619) 422-3977, to participate in Passport Day service.
Through a donation, the diocese will be able to pay for the cost of 50 passport cards for minors. Those families that arrive with all of their minor’s documents completed will be entered to compete in a raffle to win one of these subsidies.
Applicants must bring their application form completed; supporting documents, including an original U.S. citizenship document; 2×2 passport photos and payments. Payments may only be made by personal check or money order (made out to the U.S. State Department).
If the applicant is a minor, both parents must be present and have valid identification.
First-time applicants for passports (adults and children) must fill out Form DS-11 and have their passport photos. Applicants for renewal must fill out Form DS-82 and have a recent photo.
The web pages travel.state.gov (English) and travel.state.gov/pasaportes (Spanish) have information about obtaining or renewing a U.S. passport, including fees and forms to download and to bring to the event.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall is located at 337 Tremont St., Chula Vista.
For more information contact David DeMers, associate director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the diocese, at DDeMers@sdcatholic.org.