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Passport Cards Are Available at County Clerk’s Offices


Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced that regulations from the United States Department of State and Homeland Security allow the new United States Passport Card to serve as a valid form of government-issued photo identification. Applications for Passport Cards are available at the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield.

“The United States Passport Card is a great alternative to the United States Passport for individuals and families who are flying domestically within the United States,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “An adult Passport Card costs $45 compared to the more expensive adult Passport at $100. For children, a Passport Card costs $35 compared to $85 for a Passport.”

The County Clerk explained that the Passport Card was designed for land and sea ports-of-entry for United States citizens traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada. The Passport Card may not be used for other international travel.

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Passport Card is considered a “List A” document “that may be presented by newly hired employees during the employment eligibility verification process to show work-authorized status. ‘List A’ documents are those used by employees to prove both identity and work authorization when completing the Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification.”

New Jersey Motor Vehicle offices also will accept the United States Passport Card, like the United States Passport, as a valid formal government-issued photo ID. The wallet-sized Passport Card has the same period of validity as a United States Passport: ten years for an adult; five years for children 15 and younger. It has overt and covert features to make the card as tamper and counterfeit proof as possible.

“The United States Passport Card is a more portable alternative to the traditional Passport,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “The Passport Card attests to the United States citizenship and identity of the bearer. It is a secure form of ID acceptable throughout the United States.”

The County Clerk’s Elizabeth Office is located at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Room 114. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Westfield Office is located in the Veneri Building at 300 North Avenue East, and is open on Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the Passport Card, please call 908-527-4787.