County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding everyone to check their passports if you are planning spring travel out of the country. Many countries require six months validity on a U.S. passport, so it is critical to check the expiration date in advance if you already have a passport. Spring break is one of the most popular times of year to travel. By applying for a passport now, travelers will save themselves the aggravation of rushing to get a passport and will also save money by not having to expedite service.
In addition, to take advantage of travel deals, it is essential to have a valid passport. Hanlon reminds residents that some airlines require a valid passport number when booking international flights.
Passport applications are accepted at the County Clerk’s two Passport Offices:
- Freehold – Monmouth County Clerk’s Office located in the Market Yard (south of Main Street). The hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Neptune – Monmouth County Connection at 3544 Route 66 (near Home Depot) The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Passport services are also available at the Mobile County Connection at the Monmouth Mall, which is open on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mobile County Connection is located on the upper level of the Monmouth Mall, adjacent to Boscov’s.
To obtain a passport, it is necessary to have a certified birth certificate with a raised seal, social security number, a passport photo 2×2 inches in size, and current identification such as a driver’s license or government identification. Passport photos are available for a fee of $10 at both locations.
Parents who are making a passport application for a child under the age of 16 are required to appear together or submit additional documentation.
“Make sure to contact the Passport Office prior to appearing at a County passport office to be sure that you have the proper documentation and payments,” said Hanlon.
For more information about applying for a passport and the documentation that is needed, please go to the County Clerk’s webpage at www.monmouthcountyclerk.com, or contact the Freehold passport office at 732-431-7324 or Neptune at 732-303-2828.