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.
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.
This video provides information on how to apply for or renew a passport.