Union County Clerk briefs residents on passport expiration dates this winter – New Providence
Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents to check their passport expiration date before planning international travel this winter. Some countries will not allow entry for travelers whose passports have expired in the following months. Travelers should also consider the time it will take for the US State Department to process a passport renewal application.
“The State Department has made significant progress in reducing the wait time for passport renewals, but it could still take a few weeks, if not months,” Rajoppi said. “My office can provide assistance with the initial filing of an application, but unfortunately we have no control over the State Department’s schedule. Travelers should check their expiration dates now and plan their trip accordingly. Ms. Rajoppi said. “
The State Department currently estimates that it will take 8 to 11 weeks to process a passport renewal. Applicants who are willing to pay a fee for expedited processing can expect a 5-7 week wait.
Last summer, the State Department estimated wait times as high as 18 weeks.
For the latest updates on wait times and for details on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, visit the Department of State online at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.
The Union County Clerk is authorized to accept passport applications and forward them to the State Department for processing. This service is available in person and by appointment only.
To make an appointment for this service at the County Clerk’s main office at the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, or at the adjoining office in the Colleen Frasier Building at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield, use the system online booking at https://ucnjclerk.simplybook.me/v2/#book.
Passport photos are also available at both offices for a nominal fee of $ 10.00 each.
For more information on the County Clerk’s Passport Service, visit us at ucnj.org/county-clerk/passport-services or dial 908-527-4966.
For more information on all of the County Clerk’s programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or dial 908-527-4787.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University, the mobile test unit, information on immunization, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.