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Special passport hours scheduled for March 4

The Middlesex County Clerk’s Office will hold special hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4 to process U.S. passport applications.

The Clerk’s Office is joining the U.S. Department of State in celebrating Passport Awareness Month.

Applications for U.S. passports will be accepted in the Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard St., New Brunswick.

Persons applying for a passport must present evidence of U.S. citizenship; identification in the form of a valid driver’s license, a school photo ID, or an employment photo ID from a major company or a government employee ID; and one 2-inch-by-two-inch regulation passport photo taken within the last six months, or the clerk will offer photo service that day for $10.

The fee for an adult passport age 16 and over is $135. Payment must be made via check or money order in the amount of $110 payable to the U.S. Department of State and a separate check or money order for $25 made payable to the Middlesex County Clerk. The passport is valid for 10 years.

The fee for a child’s passport (under age 16) is $105. Make check or money order in the amount of $80 payable to U.S. Department of State and a check or money order for $25 payable to the Middlesex County Clerk. The minor passport is valid for five years.

No cash will be accepted. Payment is accepted in the form of check or money order only.

All applicants must appear in person.

Processing time is approximately six weeks. Expedited applications take approximately three to four weeks to be processed, and there is an additional $60 fee.

Regular office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit 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.

In addition to processing passports on this special event, the Clerk’s Office also will be administering notary oaths to those who have applied to the State of New Jersey to become a notary public and have already received their commission back from the state. There is a $15 processing fee. Payment can be made in the form of a check, money order or the exact amount in cash.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office at 732-745-3405.

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