Contact Information:
Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6465
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org

County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and her Passport team processed over 280 US passports for Mercer County residents during Passport Week, a nationwide event held in conjunction with the US State Department at the end of March.

During the last week of March, Clerk Paula Sollami Covello fully staffed the County Clerk’s Office at the Old Courthouse, held special hours at the Mercer County Connection and visited the East Windsor Municipal Center to process Passport applications for residents. The week long drive to help Mercer County residents obtain their own passports concluded at Passport Day in the USA, on the last Saturday in March, at the Mercer County Connection in Hamilton.

“Spring is the time of year Mercer County residents begin to plan for their summer and fall travel abroad. I know that Mercer residents lead very busy lives, so I want to make the process of obtaining or renewing a U.S. passport as convenient as possible,” said Sollami Covello. “That is why the Clerk’s Office visits town centers throughout Mercer County and has special hours at its satellite office to process US Passport applications on-site for residents,” Sollami Covello added.

Travel-hungry residents may visit any Mercer County passport event, with or without an appointment to have a passport application processed by the Clerk’s certified Passport staff. Residents who may have missed these events are encouraged to visit upcoming Passport nights, from 3:30 pm through 7:30 pm, at the following locations:

April 13 – West Windsor Municipal Center, 271 Clarksville Road
April 28 – Ewing, PEAC Health & Fitness, 1440 Lower Ferry Road
May 13 – Hightstown Borough Hall, 148 North Main Street,

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 to appear in person -- or one parent in person with notarized federal forms -- when applying for a passport for a child under 16.

To guarantee a time at any upcoming Passport event call 609-989-6473. However, walk-ins are welcome and every effort will be made to accommodate residents. For those who will be unable to attend these events, the Mercer County Clerk’s office processes US Passport applications on a daily basis, Monday through Friday during business hours at the County Clerk’s Main Office, 209 South Broad Street in Trenton. In addition, residents can apply anytime for a US Passport at the County Connection satellite office. The satellite office opened by County Executive, Brian Hughes, offers daily plus limited evening and Saturday hours for the convenience of Mercer County residents. Passport photos are available at both County locations and each event.

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.