FREEHOLD, NJ — If an overseas trip is in your spring travel plans, now is the best time to make sure your passport is in order, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.
“It’s time to apply for or renew your passport, if you are planning spring travel out of the country. Many countries require six months' validity on a U.S. passport, so it is critical to check the expiration date in advance if you already have a passport,” said County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, who is in charge of the passport offices in Neptune and Freehold.
Spring break is one of the most popular times of year to travel. By applying for a passport now, travelers will save themselves the aggravation of rushing to get a passport and will also save money by not having to expedite service, she said.
In addition, some airlines require a valid passport number when booking international flights.
Passport applications are accepted at the county clerk’s two passport offices:
- Freehold: Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, located in the Market Yard (south of Main Street). Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Neptune: Monmouth County Connection at 3544 Route 66 (near The Home Depot). Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Passport services are also available at the Mobile County Connection at the Monmouth Mall, which is open on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mobile County Connection is located on the upper level of the Monmouth Mall, adjacent to Boscov’s.
To obtain a passport, it is necessary to have a certified birth certificate with a raised seal, social security number, a 2-inch-by-2-inch passport photo and current identification, such as a driver's license or government ID. Passport photos are available for a $10 fee at both passport office locations.
Parents who are making a passport application for a child under age 16 are required to appear together or submit additional documentation.
Hanlon recommends that anyone seeking a passport should contact the passport office prior to their visit to verify proper documentation and payment amount.
For more information about applying for a passport and the documentation that is needed, visit to the county clerk’s webpage, or contact the Freehold passport office at 732-431-7324 or Neptune at 732-303-2828.
This video provides information on how to apply for or renew a passport.
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