Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced new procedures today for passport applicants and the submission of business due to concerns for the safety of customers and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The County Clerk’s main passport office, located at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth, will close at the end of business on Friday, March 20 and remain closed until further notice.
Passport services at the County Clerk’s annex office in Westfield have also been suspended.
“The United States Department of State announced this week that they have stopped all in-person service at their passport centers,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Union County residents who wish to renew their passports may do so by mail. Directions are on the application form which can be downloaded at travel.state.gov.”
The Department of State will honor all expedited service of passports submitted prior to March 18 with two- to four-week service. Regular passport renewals and new passports will be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, a ban on all international travel has been announced by the State Department.
Persons requesting trade names, construction liens, clerks’ certificates and inheritance tax waivers are directed to mail their requests to the County Clerk for processing. No in-person service will be conducted.
“I am appreciative of the cooperation of Union County residents during this challenging time,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “Our first priority is safety and health.”
Notaries who receive their commission during this time should be advised that the New Jersey Treasury Department has given assurance that the 90-day deadline to be sworn in will be extended. Visit state.nj.us/treasury/revenue.
The County Clerk’s website will be updated as new advisories are issued.
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