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 and appointment requirements.

Customers applying for a passport with the Sussex County Clerk’s Office will be required to schedule an appointment for service.

Applicants should arrive with their application forms completed and all supporting documentation in order. 

Call 973-579-0900 to schedule an appointment.

The Clerk’s Office offers extended hours (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays).



A birth certificate issued by Vital Statistics with a raised seal, stating both parents’ names and the applicant’s given name/surname, date, place of birth, and date the birth certificate was recorded with the state. Effective January 2017, applicants also are required to submit a copy of their birth certificate (which will be retained by the National Passport Center).

Note: Birth certificates must list both parents’ names. Also, a child under age 16 is required to have both parents present at the time of application so that both parents can sign the minor’s application, even upon submission of an old passport. If only one parent is able to accompany the minor, the absent parent must provide the other parent with a notarized affidavit (Form #DS3053) stating that he/she is the other parent and why he/she could not be present. The absent parent must also provide the present parent with a copy of whatever I.D. was presented to the notary, which should be submitted with the notarized affidavit.
A naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship. Proof relevant to your parents’ naturalization, your foreign birth certificate and your admission to the United States for permanent residence. Effective January 2017, applicants also are required to submit a copy of their proof of citizenship (which will be retained by the National Passport Center).

Note: Birth abroad to U.S. citizen parents must be substantiated through a consular report of birth and/or certification of birth certificate, or your foreign birth certificate, proof of parent/citizenship and affidavit of U.S. citizen parents showing all periods/places of residence and physical presence in the U.S. and abroad before your birth.


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 2×2 Color Photograph (taken within the past 6 months)
    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 $15.00.

Please call 973-579-0900 with any questions.


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

Adult Book: $130 (check/money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)
Adult Card: $30 (check/money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)
Adult Book & Card: $160 (check or money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)

Child Book: $100 (check/money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)
Child Card: $15 (check/money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)
Adult Book & Card: $115 (check or money order) + $35 execution fee (cash)

Note: All in-person applicant fees will include a $35 facility execution fee. For first-time applicants applying for both the passport card & passport book together, the $35 execution fee is applied only once. Children age 15 and under require both parents’ signatures on their application. (An absent parent must provide affidavit of consent form DS-3053 along with a copy of whatever I.D. was presented to the Notary.)

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:

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.

U.S. Custom House
200 Chestnut St., Room 103
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2970

Public Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NJ Turnpike to Camden: Exit 4
Follow signs to Ben Franklin Bridge
Go over the bridge (all traffic goes right into 6th St.)
Stay on left
Go to the 4th traffic light (Chestnut Street)
Left onto Chestnut St., continue to 2nd Street
The Customs House is 200 Chestnut St.
850 Canal St. Stamford, CT 06902
376 Hudson St., NY 10014 (accessible at W. 4th St. Station on the E,F,B,D,Q,C & A trains, and at the Houston St. Station on the 1 and 9 lines.