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.

Applying during regular office hours:  (click here for office hours)

  • If applying individually, arrive at least a half-hour prior to closing.
  • Groups of up to four applicants should arrive at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Parties of five or more need to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Applying during extended hours, the first Monday of a month: (between 4 and 6 p.m.)

  • Whether applying individually or as part of a group, you must call ahead for an appointment; passport applications on Monday evenings are done by appointment only.

LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOLLOWS:

PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

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 his/her driver’s license to be presented 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.

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 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 $10.00.

PROCESSING FEES

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

Note: All in-person applicant fees 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 copy of driver’s license.)

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.

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

Public Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions:
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.
50 West Washington St., South Norwalk, CT
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.