APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT -
As a convenience to Somerset County residents, you may apply for a
United States Passport for foreign travel at the County Clerk’s office
or by mail.
AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE – Please come
prepared with the following items:
Completed application – UNSIGNED. Make sure to include your social
security number and departure date. Do not sign the application until
requested to do so by the agent serving you.
Proof of American Citizenship. An original U.S. Birth Certificate with
a raised seal showing the names of BOTH parents, or a certified copy
of an original with a raised seal from Vital Statistics showing the
names of BOTH parents, a previous valid passport, a certificate of
Naturalization/Citizenship, or record of birth abroad issued by the US
Department of State (original only). Please note that a hospital
certificate or baptismal certificate will NOT be accepted. All
documents will be temporarily retained and returned to you with your
One Photo. Front view color passport photo, 2” X 2” with a white
background. This picture must be less than 6 months old.
Identification. Primary ID = Driver’s license. Temporary or Learner’s
permits will not qualify. If you do not have a Primary ID, then you
must present 3 forms of a Secondary ID. Secondary ID = Work ID with a
photo and a signature, Social Security card, Bank Card Credit Card, or
a Voter Registration Card. If you do not have a primary or secondary
ID, a witness with a valid driver’s license who has known you for two
years or more must be present and must fill out a witness affidavit.
Fee. Passport Service Fee and County Processing Fee MUST be separate
payments. For applicants 16 and older, the fee is $110.00 check or
money order made payable to the US Department of State. For applicants
under 16, the fee is $80.00 check or money order made payable to the
US Department of State. In addition, all applicants must pay a $25.00
county processing fee in cash or check made payable to the Somerset
County Clerk. If your departure date is LESS than 6 weeks, an
additional $60.00 expediting fee will be applied.
Minors. All minors must appear in person accompanied by a parent.
Passports issued to children under age 16 will require the signatures
of BOTH parents or written documentation stating the child’s name,
place of birth and date of birth, from the non-applying parent giving
his/her consent for the issuing of that child’s passport and
authorization to the applying parent to apply for the passport in
his/her absence. This consent form must be signed by the non-applying
parent and NOTORIZED.
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download In-Person Passport Application
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BY MAIL – This service is available for RENEWALS only. To
determine your eligibility for this service, use the following
I can submit my
most recent, undamaged passport AND
I was at least 16
years old when my most recent passport was issued AND
I was issued my
most recent passport in the last 15 years AND
I use the same
name as on my most recent passport or since my passport was issued, OR I have had my name changed by marriage or court order and can submit
proper original documentation to reflect my name change.
If you have
determined that you are eligible for renewal by mail, then you must
fill out a DS-82 form
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Click here for more information on Passports by mail
Click here to download an informational pamphlet regarding Passports
from the County Clerk’s Office
information regarding Passports, Call the Somerset County Clerk’s
Office at (908) 231-7008