Business & Finance

Plan Ahead for Passport Delays


UNION COUNTY, NJ - Travelers planning a trip should budget extra time to get their passports because the U.S. Department of State has increased its processing time. The wait is approximately six to eight weeks for routine passport services.

“This extended processing time makes it all the more important for Union County residents to ensure that their passports are in order well in advance of their travel dates,” said Rajoppi.

The County Clerk’s office is authorized to receive passport documents and transmit them to the State Department for processing.

Sign Up for E-News

“Even if a trip is not coming up, getting a passport and keeping it current is always a good idea,” said Rajoppi. “Planning ahead is especially important for the spring and summer travel seasons when the State Department receives a high volume of documents to process.”

Rajoppi also advised County residents to check their country of entry to ensure that their passport expiration date is consistent with the requirements.

“Some countries will not allow entry if a passport is going to expire in less than six months, regardless of how long the traveler plans to stay,” said Rajoppi.

Passport services are available at the County Clerk’s Main Office in the County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, and in the Colleen Frasier Building at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

For more details about passport processing times, visit the State Department online at

More information about all County Clerk services is available on line at or call 908-527-4787.

Visit the County Clerk’s new elections website,


TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Springfield Fire Department Delivers Baby on West I-78

March 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On March 20, 2018 at 8:14 a.m. the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to Route 78 Westbound near milepost 50.2 for a report of a woman in labor on the side of the road.  

Captain Mastroeni (Unit 2) & Chief Palumbo (Unit 1) were the first units to arrive on scene, and quickly recognized that the woman would be unable to make it to the hospital in time for ...

Unity and purpose will allow Democrats to unseat Lance

March 11, 2018

In November, we have a chance to unseat Leonard Lance, Congressman for the NJ-7 district which includes Springfield. Leonard Lance voted to take away healthcare from his constituents and recently stood by as his party passed a tax plan in which his district became the second most negatively impacted district in the COUNTRY.  Lance is an enemy of a woman’s right to control her body but ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

March 19, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years, had been suspended ...

Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2018 with Free Trees for Schools

March 21, 2018

In recognition of Arbor Day 2018, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to sponsor the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Program, which provides free trees for participating schools.

“The Arbor Day tree planting program is a Union County tradition that provides students with important hands-on lessons about the ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, March 22, 4:00 PM

Saint Joseph's Church, Maplewood

Maplewood Glee Club Spring Concert: It's About ...

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, March 22, 7:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

My Clutter is Taking Over! with Jamie Novak at ...

Home & Garden