Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is urging constituents to be aware of a critical scam that could result in unnecessary waste of time and money when it comes to obtaining a passport.
In recent weeks, misleading social media videos have been circulating, suggesting that passports can be obtained for free by submitting form 1-912. It is essential to note that this form is meant for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) purposes and is not applicable to Passport Services. The U.S. Department of State does not recognize or accept this form.
The U.S. Department of State has informed all passport applicants that fees are required for all passport applications, and there are no waivers or free passports. Payments must be made at all Passport Acceptance Facilities, including the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth and the Union County Passport Office in Westfield.
The County Clerk is committed to providing accurate information and safeguarding the interests of Union County residents.
“Protecting the community from scams is paramount, and I urge constituents to remain vigilant with the information they may come across,” said County Clerk, Joanne Rajoppi. “With the rise of misleading social media videos circulating recently, it is vital for residents to be aware of potential fraudulent schemes. Stay informed and safeguard your time and money by relying on accurate information from official sources, such as our website.”
County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi stresses that these social media videos are not endorsed or produced by government officials, leading to confusion among constituents who rely on their accuracy. For correct information on the Form 1-192 and its eligibility requirements, please visit www.uscis.gov/i-192.
For detailed information regarding passport documentation requirements and office hours at the Union County Clerk’s Office, please visit www.ucnj.org/county-clerk/passport-services/.