With the spring break travel season approaching, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents that the postal rate for expedited passport applications has gone up this year.

“Travelers can save money by conducting their passport business at least eight weeks ahead of their travel date, in order to avoid extra charges related to expedited processing,” said Ms. Rajoppi.

The new expedited rate, including Express Mail Postage, is $187.15 for adults and $157.13 for children. The regular rate is $110.00 for adults and $80.00 for children.

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Union County residents can visit the Union County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield to apply for new passports and have passport photos taken. There is a $10.00 fee for passport photos.

For more information on passport services, including office hours and locations, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk/passport-services. To contact the offices by phone, call 908-527-4966 for Elizabeth or 908-654-9859 for Westfield.

More information on all County Clerk programs and services, including property records and elections information, is available at ucnj.org/county-clerk.

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