ELIZABETH, NJ – Now that the vacation season is finished, it is good time to update your passport, and the Union County Clerk’s office is encouraging residents to do just that with a free passport photo on Passport Day 2015, Saturday October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

By applying for a passport at the County Clerk’s Office Annex in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield, applicants can have their photo take free of charge. No appointment is necessary.  Applicants must arrive a half hour before closing. Also, the office will remain open for an additional hour from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“Some countries require passports to be valid for up to nine months after you arrive, so to be on the safe side always renew your passport beforehand if it will expire within nine months,”  said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi.

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For more information about passports, residents can contact the the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778, or visit online at travel.state.gov.

Residents can get passport application forms from the Westfield Annex or the County Clerk’s main office at the County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 114 in Elizabeth.

For more details, including convenient links to passport information from the State Department, visit the County Clerk online at ucnj.org/county-clerk, call the Westfield Annex at 908-654-9859, or call the main office at 908-527-4966.