New Passport

Obtaining a New Passport Book and/or Card

First-time applicants of any age (infants included), applying for either the Passport Book or Passport Card, must appear in person with appropriate documentation (see below). When planning your trip to the Clerk’s Office to apply for your passport, please take note of our office hours. While no appointment is needed to apply for a passport, you must allow ample time for us to process your application(s); we ask that applicants arrive at least a half-hour prior to closing hours (click here for office hours).

LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOLLOWS:

PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION

Applicant must provide at least one of the following:

  • A valid, not temporary or expired, driver’s license (permit not acceptable)
    Note: If the driver’s license is not New Jersey issued, then a secondary ID is required (see next bullet item).
  • A permanent ID card or pass from a government agency, employer, or student I.D., health insurance card, or social security card
  • ONE RECENT 2X2 COLOR PHOTOGRAPH
    One color photograph (2 inches x 2 inches) must be submitted with your application. Applicants should not wear whiteuniforms, or clothing that resembles a uniform, for passport photos, nor should camouflage attire be worn. Eyeglasses must be removed. For your convenience, and to ensure that all federal guidelines established for passport photos are met, the Clerk’s Office provides photo services on-site at the time of application, for a cash fee of $10.00

PROCESSING FEES

Payment is made in the form of cash and check/money order, so applicants should plan accordingly. As of January 2012, the costs associated with obtaining a U.S. Passport Book and/or U.S. Passport Card are as follows:

U.S. Passport Book

Valid for travel by air, sea, or land.

Validity
10 years for adults (age 16+)
5 years for minors (age 15-)

Cost
First-time applicants:
$135 for adults ($110 check; $25 cash)
$105 for minors ($80 check; $25 cash)

U.S. Passport Card

Valid only for travel by land or sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Not for travel by air.

Validity
10 years for adults (age 16+)
5 years for minors (age 15-)

Cost
First-time applicants (card only):
$55 adults ($30 check; $25 cash)
$40 for minors ($15 check; $25 cash)
For Passport Book holders: $30 (check)

Note: All first-time applicant fees include a $25 agency execution fee. For first-time applicants applying for both the passport card & passport book together, the $25 execution fee is applied only once. Children age 15 and under now require both parents’ signatures on their application.

Note: Because fees are subject to change from time to time, applicants may call 973-579-0900 for the most current fee information.

Download a Passport Application.

For more passport and other travel information, including travel warnings, please visit the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs at: http://travel.state.gov.

**ATTENTION**
The Philadelphia, New York, and Norwalk offices no longer offer “Walk-In” same-day service for new or renewal passports. You MUST make an appointment in advance; personnel available 24/7 by calling 1-877-487-2778 for any of the above-mentioned offices. You must be traveling within 14 calendar days and have proof of departure date (tickets or itinerary). If you require SAME DAY SERVICE, you must call BEFORE 10 a.m.