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 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

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.