Fort McCoy News Nov. 24, 2017

No-fee passports available on post

for official overseas assignments

The official passport office at Fort McCoy processes no-fee passports for Soldiers, Family members, and/or government workers going overseas for the express purpose of working for the U.S. government.

These no-fee passports are issued by the Special Issuance Agency of the U.S. State Department.

There are three types of passports available through the office, and which is issued is determined by the nature of the applicant's work: regular no fee, diplomatic, and official.

The State Department makes the final determination on the type of no-fee passport issued for overseas assignments based on the traveler's duty assignment; destination shown on official orders; and Foreign Clearance Guide, which is the authority for travel clearance to enter foreign countries on official business.

Requirements vary by country and the applicant's status (military, dependent, or civilian).

Official travel or permanent change of station orders must accompany each application. For military personnel, the orders must show that a no-fee passport is necessary by listing the name of each destination requiring a passport and/or visa (per the Foreign Clearance Guide). If not listed on the applicant's orders, a memorandum from an O7 or higher listing destinations that require a no-fee passport (per the Foreign Clearance Guide) with original signature will be accepted in lieu of orders.

A no-fee passport is for use during the commission of official duties only, and it is prohibited for use in personal travel. Personnel who plan on doing personal travel while on an official overseas assignment must use a tourist passport for their unofficial travel. To apply for a tourist passport, visit www.travel.state.gov.

If a no-fee passport is required, the Fort McCoy Passport Office will accept the application and will complete a DD Form 1056, Authorization to Apply for a No Fee Passport, and submit it — along with the application and required documents — to the State Department for processing and approval.

For dependents, contact the Fort McCoy Passport Office upon receiving notice or once dependent travel is approved. Passport application acceptance is done by appointment only.

For more information or to request an appointment, call 608-388-4464 or -4363 or email usarmy.mccoy.asc.list.dol-passenger-travel@mail.mil.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Passport Office.)