Clerk offers free passport photos

UNION COUNTY — For a limited time only, the Union County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth are offering free passport photographs as a special incentive for residents to apply for a passport or a passport renewal. From Monday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 3, the regular $10 cost for each photograph will be waived when a resident applies for a new passport or a passport renewal. Both offices will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Information about the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or passport card is available at http://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 877-487-2778.

Passport application forms may be obtained at the county clerk’s main office in the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad St. in Elizabeth or at the Colleen Fraser Building at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Applications for passports and related information also can be found at www.ucnj.org/Passports.

The Westfield office is the only county clerk’s office in the state that is open during evening hours. It is open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The telephone number in Westfield is 908-654-9859.

The Elizabeth office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number in Elizabeth is 908-527-4966. Clients are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to closing time to allow for staff assistance with the passport process.
For more information about obtaining a U.S. passport, call 908-527-4966.

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