FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

Union County Clerk Offers Free Passport Photos
at Elizabeth and Westfield Offices, April 23-28


Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that free passport photographs are available from Monday, April 23, through Saturday, April 28, when customers apply for a U.S. Passport at her offices in Elizabeth and Westfield.

“My offices will waive the normal $10 fee for having your photograph taken when you apply during the last week in April for a passport book or passport card at our offices in Elizabeth and Westfield,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “Besides encouraging you to get your passport ready for summer vacations, this will also assist people who are renewing their driver’s license.”

New federal security rules set to begin May 7 will require additional proof of identification to secure a new driver’s license. A current U.S. passport is one of the primary documents citizens can use to verify their identification.

Passport application forms may be obtained at the County Clerk’s main office in the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth or 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: ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/Passports.

“Our Elizabeth office opens at 7:30 a.m. and it has experienced, helpful, English and Spanish-speaking certified passport agents ready to assist you in any way we can,” Rajoppi said. “Our Westfield office has convenient evening and Saturday hours and also is fully staffed.”

The Westfield Annex is the only County Clerk’s office in the state that is open during evening hours. The Westfield Annex is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The telephone number at the Westfield Annex is 908-654-9859.

The Elizabeth office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number in Elizabeth is 908-527-4966. Clients are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to closing time to allow for staff assistance with the passport process.

For more information about obtaining a U.S. passport, please call (908) 527-4966.

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