To avoid unnecessary waiting during normal business hours (M-F 8am-4pm) we recommend calling (908)788-1221 to schedule an appointment. The U.S. Department of State currently announced processing time can take up to 10 weeks for Normal Processing and 5 weeks (plus mail time) for an Expedited Processing. We will be adding additional appointment hours through the end of the year to assist you. We strongly encourage you to check your documents now and plan accordingly.
Please call our office at 908-788-1221 to make an appointment, and to find out how to make sure your visit and time applying for your passport is organized and efficient.
Latest COVID Information
See the latest COVID information from the U.S. Department of State Passport Operations.
Checklist & Passport Forms
Please use our Checklist (PDF) prior to applying for a passport. (updated December 2022)
Payment to the U.S. Department of State is required to be made by check or money order.
Applications must be completed in black ink.
Effective February 1, 2008 U.S. Passport Applications for children age of 15 and under will require both parents signatures. A Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 form (DS-3053) (PDF) is REQUIRED along with a photocopy of the front and back of the non-applying parent's identification.
Message from the U.S. Department of State
On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government implemented the full requirements of the land and sea phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). The proposed rules require all U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card or WHTI-compliant document. The rules cover travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean region. In 2007, they experienced an unprecedented surge in passport applications, issuing over 18 million passports as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Nearly ten years later, those passports are beginning to expire, and they have been experiencing increased demand for passport renewals. The U.S. Department of State issued over 15.5 million passports in fiscal year 2015 and the increased demand is expected to continue through 2018.
Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by both parents. Our office provides full service including passport photos. Adult passports are valid for 10 years and passports for children under the age of 16 are valid for 5 years.
The County Clerk's Office takes Passport photographs. The cost is $10 for the passport photograph.
Guidelines Expediting Renewal Applications
If you are renewing your passport by mail and are leaving within 25 working days or less, you may use an expedited procedure for an additional fee. Send the following items with your renewal form (DS-82) (PDF):
- Your most recent passport
- One regulation passport photo (2 inches by 2 inches)
Send the check made payable to "U.S. Department of State" with the following appropriate fees:
- $130 (Renewal Fee)
- $60 (Expedited Fee)
- $19.53 (Express Mail Fee) Optional for Overnight Delivery Service (updated January 11, 2022)
These fees can be combined into one check totaling $190 or $209.53 if opting for overnight delivery (effective January 11, 2022). If expediting more than one passport - a separate check is required for each passport application.
The Passport Agency has requested that you use Express Mail through the local Post Office and write "Expedite" on the outside of the envelope when mailing your application to them. The address and phone number is:
National Passport Processing
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955
National Passport Information Center: Passport applications may be checked online.
Note: Proof of departure is not required, but it is suggested that you submit it with your Expedited Application.