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Union County Clerk Advises Travelers on New Estimated Passport Wait Times for 2024 Travel

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents with overseas travel plans that the U.S. Department of State has announced new processing wait times for passport renewals and new passport applications.

“In light of the travel trend in 2024, it is essential for international travelers to carefully check their passport expiration dates, as a minimum of 6 months’ validity is generally required before departure. As travel time approaches for families and others, we are dedicated to ensuring they have a hassle-free experience. Therefore, we strongly advise renewing your passport well ahead of your travel plans to guarantee a smooth and seamless journey.”

As of this week, the State Department is experiencing a wait time of 6-8 weeks for routine applications and 2-3 weeks for expedited applications. Processing times begin when the Department of State receives the application and does not include mailing times which can take up to 2 weeks. Depending on demand, processing times fluctuate throughout the year.

The Office of the County Clerk passport staff are experienced passport agents who can answer any questions you might have and assist you with applying or renewing a passport. Residents can make an appointment online for the Elizabeth or Westfield office, with several options including daytime, evening and Saturday hours. This service is available in person and by appointment only.

The County Clerk’s main office is located in the Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth and the annex office is located in the Colleen Frasier Building, at the Union County Complex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

Passport photos are also available at both offices for a minimal fee of $10.00 each. To make an appointment at either location, please visit and click “Make an Appointment Online.”

For the latest updates on passport wait times at the State Department, and for additional details about renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, visit

The Union County Clerk is authorized to accept passport applications and forward them to the State Department for processing. For more information about the County Clerk’s passport service, visit online at or call 908-527-4966.

For more information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at or call 908-527-4787.