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Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk                                                                          609-989-6465
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org
www.mercercounty.org
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2008

Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh to hold special Passport Evening for residents

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh will hold a special Passport Evening for residents on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 PM at the West Windsor Township Hall located at 271 Clarksville Road.

The staff of the Mercer County Clerk’s office will visit the West Windsor Town Hall to process US Passports applications on-site for the residents of West Windsor and all other parts of the County. “I am so pleased to be able to offer this convenience to the citizens of West Windsor,” says Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.  “I am thrilled we are holding this event close to home in West Windsor and helping local residents with their passport applications,” added Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh.

While routine applications for US Passports are now being processed much faster, from six to eight weeks, the early fall season is the good time to apply since the US State Department historically receives large numbers of applications during late fall for holiday travelers. “Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport, should not hesitate, because the overall demand for US Passports is expected to be extensive throughout the remainder year,” advises County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.

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. The Clerk’s Office will accept checks or money orders for payment.  No cash or credit cards will be accepted at this event.

For 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.

West Windsor’s passport night may draw many applicants. Therefore, passport applications and photos will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents are encouraged to arrive early. Those who arrive within one hour of the closing time may not be processed. However, additional representatives from the County Clerk’s Office will be on-site at this year’s passport event to assist residents with their forms.

For those who will be unable to participate in the passport event, the Mercer County Clerk’s office processes US Passport applications on a regular basis, 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 at the Mercer County Connection located at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Highway 33 & Paxson Avenue in Hamilton.  The County Connection satellite office offers evening and Saturday hours for the convenience of Mercer County residents. Passport photos are available at both locations.

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.

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