Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried will hold a special Passport Day for residents on Wednesday, March 10 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at the Robbinsville Municipal Center, located at 1 Washington Boulevard.
The County Clerk and her staff will visit the Robbinsville’s Municipal Complex to process US Passport applications on-site for the residents of Robbinsville and all other parts of the County. “I am so pleased to be able to provide this convenience to citizens in and around Robbinsville,” says Clerk Paula Sollami Covello. “Bringing this service to Robbinsville is a great idea,” said Mayor Fried. “Many of our residents commute long distances, so it’s wonderful to have a chance to get a passport or renew one right in town, after regular business hours.”
No appointment is necessary. Residents are encouraged to arrive early. Additional representatives from the County Clerk’s Office will be on-site to assist residents with their forms. However, those who arrive within one hour of the closing time may not be processed.
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.
While routine applications for US Passports are now being processed much faster, generally from six to eight weeks, the March is a good time to apply since the US State Department historically receives large numbers of applications as the summer nears. “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.
For those who will be unable to participate in this passport event, the Mercer County Clerk’s office processes US Passport applications on a regular basis, at County Clerk’s Office, 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. In addition, one can also apply for a US Passport at the Mercer County Connection located at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue in Hamilton 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. Passport photos are available at both locations.
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.