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Passport Fees Set to Increase this Spring: Plan Ahead to Avoid Paying More

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County residents that the US Department of State is raising the Passport Execution Fee from $25.00 to $35.00 on April 2. The fee is mandated by the Department of State. It applies to passport applications that are submitted to an authorized agent, including a US Post Office, County Clerk or other government office.

Passport applications submitted to the Department of State by mail are not subject to the fee increase.

“The April 2 fee increase provides an additional incentive to obtain or update a passport now rather than waiting,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “By completing passport transactions at this time of year, Union County residents can avoid the last-minute rush of the busy spring travel season, and save money, too.”

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The County Clerk’s office provides two convenient locations for submitting passport applications, in Elizabeth and Westfield. The Westfield office also provides evening and weekend hours.

Applicants can also have their passport photograph taken at the County Clerk’s office for a fee of $10.00

For complete office hours and locations, and more information about the County Clerk’s passport services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk.

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