Contact Information:
Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6998
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org
www.mercercounty.org

TRENTON, NJ - Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello is now offering Saturday and evening hours at the newly opened County Connection in Hamilton, an initiative started by County Executive Brian Hughes.  The County Connection, located at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center (Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue), will be open five days per week, with passports and County IDs available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am until 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.

With the longer delays in receiving passports (now taking approximately 10-12 weeks) and the long lines at post offices and other passport facilities during the popular evening and weekend time periods, the opening of the County Connection as a satellite location for the Clerk's office, affords the opportunity to add to the many new services County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello has begun since she took office a year ago.  "I am so pleased to be able to offer this convenience to the citizens of Mercer County," says Sollami Covello.  "I am thrilled to be included in County Executive Brian Hughes' vision of a one-stop shop for county services."

In addition to accepting passport applications, the County Clerk will be offering a variety of her other services including voter registration, County ID cards, absentee ballot applications and the availability to search County property information back to 1997.

Passport applications require two photographs (also available at the store), proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license.  The Clerk will be accepting checks, money orders and credit cards for payment at the County Connection site.  No cash will be accepted at this time.

To check the status of a passport that is already in processing, customers should call 1-877-487-2778 or check online at http://www.travel.state.gov. Representatives are available from 7:00 am to 12 midnight ET Monday-Friday, except federal holidays.

The County Connection can be reached at 609/890-9800 or by visiting www.mercercounty.org.  The Mercer County Clerk's main office is located in the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton and is open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and Wednesdays until 6:45pm.