Passport Day in the USA 2011 set for April 9

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs recently announced that Saturday, April 9, will be Passport Day in the USA 2011.

That day, passport agencies and certain passport acceptance facilities will be open to help people get a new US passport or to renew an older one. Some municipalities are gearing up for the big day, including Union County, New Jersey, according to the Alternative Press.

On April 9, the Union County Clerk’s office will be open for six hours to accept passport applications and provide information.

“My office in Westfield is joining with the US Department of State to celebrate ‘Passport Day in the USA’ – a national passport acceptance and outreach event,” Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi told the news source. “Are you ready for that summer trip you dreamed about all winter? Now is the time to make sure your passport is up-to-date.”

Rajoppi also said that some countries require one’s passport to be valid a number of months after they have left the country, meaning those with soon-to-expire travel documents may want to renew them to be on the safe side.