who is planning to travel outside the United States as a tourist —
including many people traveling on government orders — who will make
stops, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, needs to
have a passport book or a passport card.
new federal laws went into effect in June, said Pamela Severson, the
Unit Movement Supervisor for BSA/LB&B Joint Venture for the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Logistics.
passport cards are valid only for land and sea travel and re-entry
from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Passports are valid
for all travel to foreign countries, including air travel.
and civilian members of the Fort McCoy community who are traveling on
official government orders or as tourists have different avenues to
get their passports and/or passport cards.
and their dependents and federal civilian employees traveling on
official government orders outside the United States may be eligible
to obtain no-fee passports from Fort McCoy, Severson said.
personnel can check with the Fort McCoy office to see if they are
eligible by calling 608-388-2111/2803/ or 4464.
to obtain passports are requested.
others will need to get their passports/passport cards through regular
for passports/passport cards are available at the Department of State
Web site at http://www.travel.state.gov.
also can get information and may be able to pick up hardcopy
application forms at government locations (Fort McCoy doesn’t have
them) where the applications are processed.
who are older than 16 and have a current passport, or have one issued
not more than 15 years ago that is not damaged, can complete the
process via mail. Fees apply.
must apply in person at government locations, which vary from county
to county. In Monroe County, passport/passport card applications can
be processed through the Clerk of Courts Office in Sparta, as well as
at the Tomah Post Office. In La Crosse County, passport/passport card
applications can be processed through the La Crosse Post Office. Fees
obtain a passport, applicants will need a certified copy of their
birth certificate (or previously issued, undamaged passport), valid
identification, such as a driver’s license or government ID, and two
passport photos taken within the past six months in civilian clothes
that show current appearance.