Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents to check their passport expiration date before planning international travel this summer, fall and early winter. Some countries will not allow entry for travelers whose passports have expired in the following months.
“Depending on the country, travelers may be banned if their passport expires within three to six months of the date of their travel,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “Additionally, travelers with expiring passports should consider the time it takes for the US State Department to process passport renewal applications.”
The State Department currently estimates that it will take 18 weeks to renew an existing passport. For residents who agree to pay accelerated fees, the wait time is 12 weeks.
“While my office can provide assistance with the initial filing of an application, unfortunately we have no control over the processing time as this is a State Department function,” Ms. Rajoppi said. . “This is the longest delay that I have seen in years, and it appears to be related to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations. “
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 at the County Clerk’s Main Office at the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, call 908-527-4966.
To make an appointment at the adjoining office in the Colleen Frasier Building, Union County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield, call 908-654-9859.
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 online at ucnj.org/county-clerk/passport-services or call 908-527-4966.
For more information on all of the County Clerk’s programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 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.
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