UNION COUNTY, NJ – With the spring break travel season approaching, travelers should attend to their passport business at least eight weeks ahead of their travel date in order to avoid extra charges related to expedited processing.

The postal rate for expedited passport applications, including Express Mail Postage, has increased this year to $187.15 for adults and $157.13 for children. The regular rate is $110.00 for adults and $80.00 for children.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises that 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.