Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello today reminded county residents planning holiday travels to apply for their US Passport now. Every year a large number of Mercer County residents embark on holiday trips to areas that due to recent travel rule requirements may now require a valid US Passports.
While routine applications for US Passports are now being processed from four to six weeks, the early-fall season is a good time to apply since the US State Department historically receives large numbers of applications as the holidays near. “Holiday travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should not hesitate because the overall demand for passports has been rising due to changes in US travel requirements, which now requires travelers to have passports for air, land and sea travel outside of the United States, including Caribbean islands, Canada and Mexico,” advises County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.
To apply for a US Passport, residents will need 1) Proof of US citizenship in the form of a state certified birth certificate, a US naturalization certificate or a previous US Passport; and 2) Proof of identity in the form of a current driver’s license or state issued identification card. A US Passport is valid for ten years for adults and five years for minors. The cost for a passport is $75 for adults and $60 for minors plus a processing fee of $25. The federal government requires a separate check for each passport application. Passport photos will be taken on-site for $15 or $10 for senior citizens and minors. The Clerk’s Office will accept checks or money orders for payment.
For children, Federal passport guidelines now require both parents are required to appear in person -- or one parent in person with required documentation -- when applying for a passport for a child under 16.
“The Mercer County Clerk’s office processes US Passport and US Passport Card applications Monday through Friday during business hours at County Clerk’s Office, 209 South Broad Street in Trenton. In addition, one can also apply for a US Passport or US Passport Card at the Mercer County Connection located at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue in Hamilton. The County Connection satellite office offers evening and Saturday hours for the convenience of Mercer County residents,” tells County Clerk Sollami Covello. Passport photos are available at both locations.
The Mercer County Clerk’s Office is located in the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton and is open from Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Wednesdays until 6:45pm. The Mercer County Connection is located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton Township and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.
For further information on US Passport and US Passport Card requirements, and what personal documents are needed to obtain one, Mercer County residents are encouraged to visit www.mercercounty.org and click on County Clerk or call 609-989-6473.
For further information on US Passport requirements, and what personal documents are needed to obtain a passport, residents should visit www.mercercounty.org and click on County Clerk or call 609-989-6473.