Union County, NJ – Union County is offering residents a free passport photo during the week of September 23 to September 30 when applying for or renewing passports with a DS-11 form.

Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said Union County residents can receive their passport photo at the County Clerk’s Main Office in Elizabeth or the Annex Office in Westfield.  Normally there is a fee of $10.00 for a passport photo, which is required as part of the application process.

“I hope that the offer of a free photo will encourage persons planning a trip during the fall or winter to apply for, or renew, their passports well before they head overseas,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “We also encourage members of the public to obtain a passport and keep it up to date, regardless of any travel plans.”

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The free passport photo offer is part of a national effort to encourage the public to conduct their passport business during September, which has been designated as National Passport Month.

By making arrangements in September, when travel is down, passport applicants can avoid the stress and added expense of applying at the last minute.