Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2011

Passport Fair at County Clerk’s Westfield Office Offers Free Photo with Application, Saturday, Sept. 17

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Clerk’s office in Westfield is hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. As a special incentive, the Clerk’s office will offer free passport photos to each citizen who applies for a passport at the Westfield office that day.

“Now is the time to make sure your passport is up-to-date,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “My office in Westfield will be open longer than usual on Sept. 17 to help those who are planning trips outside our borders in the fall and winter months.”

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 or Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present either a passport card or a passport book.

In addition to the free passport photos for applicants at the Westfield office on Sept. 17, special give-away packets will be available to provide travel tips and assistance for passport applicants.

“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.”

Information about the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or passport card is available athttp://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 main office 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 https://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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