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January 24, 2017 –  The Clerk’s Office is temporarily unable to take passport photos on site. Until further notice, we ask that our passport customers please bring the required 2 x 2 color photo with them.

Effective January 23, 2017, the fee for Overnight Return Delivery Service will decrease from $20.66 to $15.45.

The processing time for routine service has increased to 6 weeks.

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The Sussex County Clerk’s Office is a passport acceptance agency for the U.S. Department of State. Citizens may apply at the Clerk’s Office in Newton for a United States Passport Book or Passport Card.

If applying for a passport in person during our regular weekday hours, please plan on arriving to the Clerk’s Office no later than 3:30 p.m. so that ample time is available to process your passport. If you apply in person during our extended office hours (every 1st Monday of the month), plan on arriving no later than 5:30 p.m. Families or groups requiring the processing of three or more passports should allow more time and should call ahead to schedule an appointment to ensure we can accommodate your group.

Notes: (1) When taking a passport photo, applicants should not wear uniforms or clothing that resembles a uniform, nor should camouflage attire be worn. Click #PicturePerfectPassport to view a short video about passport photos. (2) Persons applying for a passport book or passport card should take note of “busy” application periods. Early spring is traditionally the busiest time for passport requests, so applicants should plan ahead whenever possible and apply as early as December or January to avoid possible high volume delays.