Middlesex County: Special Saturday hours for passport services

Brad Wadlow , @BradWadlowMyCJ 3:02 p.m. ET Feb. 25, 2017

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The Middlesex County Clerk’s Office will be open during special weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, to process U.S. Passport applications.(Photo: ~Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Middlesex County Clerk’s Office will be open during special weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, to process U.S. Passport applications.

The County Clerk’s Office is joining the U.S. Department of State in celebrating Passport Awareness Month.

“We are pleased to offer this service for those residents who would like to apply for a U.S. passport for their spring and summer travel, but find it difficult to take time off from work or to take children out of school during the week,” said Middlesex County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn in a news release.

“I would like to thank the County Clerk for taking part in this program,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, in the news release.  “I am glad that we are able to offer this opportunity to our residents who, due to work or other commitments, might find it difficult to apply for or renew their passports in person during the week.”

In addition to processing passports on this special event, the County Clerk’s Office also will be administering Notary oaths to those who have applied to the State of New Jersey to become a Notary Public and have already received their commission back from the State. There is a $15 processing fee. Payment can be made in the form of a check, money order or the exact amount in cash.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, at land borders and sea ports of entry, must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. Government.

Applications for U.S. Passports will be accepted in the Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard St. in New Brunswick.

Persons applying for a Passport must present:

1. Evidence of U.S. citizenship in the form of a certified birth certificate with a raised seal and a file date from the registrar of vital statistics from the state, county or municipality the applicant was born in, or a previous passport for natural born citizens. Birth certificates must have parents’ names.  (Hospital birth certificates and baptismal certificates are not acceptable.)  If applying for a passport for a minor under the age of 16, both parents and the minor child must be present at time of application. All applicants’ birth certificates must have parents’ names.

2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship in the form of a naturalization certificate is required for foreign-born citizens who became U.S. citizens through naturalization. Identification in the form of a valid driver's license, a school photo ID, or an employment photo ID from a major company or a government employee ID.

3. One 2-by-2-inch regulation passport photo taken within the last six months. The Clerk’s Office will offer photo service that day for $10.

The fee for an adult passport age 16 and over is $135. Payment must be made via check or money order in the amount of $110 payable to the U.S. Department of State and a separate check or money order for $25 made payable to the Middlesex County Clerk. The passport is valid for 10 years.

The fee for a child's passport (younger than 16) is $105. Make check or money order in the amount of $80 payable to U.S. Department of State and a check or money order for $25 payable to the Middlesex County Clerk. The minor passport is valid for five years.

No cash will be accepted. Payment is accepted in the form of check or money order only.

All applicants must appear in person. Processing time is approximately six weeks. Expedited applications take approximately three to four weeks to be processed, and there is an additional $60 fee.

Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6  p.m. on Tuesdays.

Other information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov.

U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Middlesex County Clerk's Office at 732-745-3405 or 732-745-3870.

 

Michele Doughty

Middlesex County Office of Communication
Middlesex County Administration Building, 2nd Floor
75 Bayard St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

 

Ph: 732-745-7306
Fax: 732-745-5911
Michele.doughty@co.middlesex.nj.us