FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Passport Day in the USA, Saturday, March 10:
County Clerk’s Westfield Office Hosts Passport Fair,
Offers 50-Percent Discount on Passport Photos


WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Clerk’s office annex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield is hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

“My office in Westfield is joining with the U.S. Department of State to celebrate ‘Passport Day in the USA’ – a national passport acceptance and outreach event,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “Are you ready for that summer trip you dreamed about all winter? Now is the time to make sure your passport is up-to-date.”

As a special incentive for residents to apply for a passport on Saturday, March 10, the cost of each passport photograph that day will be reduced to $5.00. This half-price photo offer applies only to applicants for a new passport or a passport renewal during the Passport Fair.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean islands and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

“Some countries require passports to be valid for an additional three, six or nine months after your visit,” Rajoppi added. “If your passport is due to expire within nine months of your international travel, you should renew your passport to ensure a smoother journey.”

To help make “Passport Day in the USA” fun for travelers, special give-away packets of travel tips will be available. County, state and federal elected officials have been invited to attend “Passport Day in the USA” to meet their constituents.

Information about the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or passport card is available at http://travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Passport application forms may be obtained at the County Clerk’s office annex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Applications for passports and related information also can be found online at http://www.ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/Passports. The phone number at the Union County Clerk’s Westfield Annex is 908-654-9859.

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