Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk 609-989-6465
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2008
Large Turnout for West Windsor Passport Day
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh held a special Passport Day for residents of West Windsor Township Hall recently and were pleased with the larger than expected turnout.
The staff of the Mercer County Clerk’s Passport Section visited the West Windsor Municipal Hall on Monday, to process US Passports applications on-site for the residents. Over 110 passport applications were processed for individual applicants and in many cases, entire families. “I am so pleased to be able to offer this convenience to the residents of West Windsor,” said Clerk Paula Sollami Covello. “I am thrilled we are holding this event close to home in West Windsor and helping local residents obtain their passports,” added Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh.
Residents that missed the event, there are more Mercer County Passport Days being planned for the future, including a future date in West Windsor. In the meantime, Mercer County Clerk’s office processes US Passport and US Passport Card applications Monday through Friday during business hours at County Clerk’s Office, 209 South Broad Street in Trenton. In addition, one can also apply for a US Passport or US Passport Card at the Mercer County Connection located at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue in Hamilton. The County satellite office offers evening and Saturday hours for the convenience of Mercer County residents. Passport photos are available at both locations.
The Mercer County Clerk’s Office is located in the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton and is open from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesdays until 6:45pm. The Mercer County Connection is located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center at Route 33 and Paxson Avenue in Hamilton Township and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.
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. 2) Proof of identity in the form of a current drivers 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. Passport photos will be taken on-site for $15 or $10 for senior citizens.
Of the young, Federal passport guidelines, now require both parents are required to appear in person -- or one parent in person with required documentation -- when applying for a passport for a child under 16. The previous cutoff was age 14. “The change was aimed at protecting children from parental abductions and to prevent children from attempting to run away to a foreign country," said Sollami Covello.
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.