Passport Services

The Middletown Town Hall Passport Office is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility.  Applications are accepted between the hours of 9 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.  Please contact the Passport office at 732-615-2014. 

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS
FOR FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS


You must apply in person if:

  •  You are a first time applicant

  • Your previous passport was issued before you were 16 years of age or

  • Your previous passport expired more than five years ago.

  • All minors must be present and both parents must execute the application. Minors age 16 and over must execute the application. One parent should accompany minors ages 16 to 17 unless the minor has a valid driver's license (not a learner's permit).

TO APPLY FOR A U.S. PASSPORT
YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING  ITEMS:


1. Proof of Citizenship 
(Be prepared to surrender these documents: they will be returned by the Department of State approximately 1 week after receiving your passport.)

U.S. BORN
U.S. born persons need a Certified U.S. Original Birth Certificate, listing both parents' names, with a raised seal and filing date from the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics or city of birth. Hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable.  Birth certificates issued by any Registrar's Office  within Hudson County cannot be accepted. A new birth certificate must be obtained from the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics in Trenton (609-292-4087 or 609-633-2860). 
 
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16
Effective February 1, 2004, all minors must be present and both parents must execute the application and provide ID. 

MINORS AGE 16 AND 17
Minors age 16 and 17 must execute the application. One parent should accompany minors ages 16 and 17 unless the minor has a valid driver's license (not a learner's permit). Please see the back of DS-11 for more information.

FOREIGN-BORN
Foreign-born persons must submit a naturalization certificate. Foreign-born children of naturalized parents may apply for a U.S. passport, provided the child was under the age of 18 when the parents became naturalized. Please call us (732-615-2014) for requirements.

2. Proof of Identity (Bring necessary original documents and photocopy of front and back of ID)

  • Valid New Jersey driver's license (18 and over)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Prior US passport
  • Government employee ID
  • Official Military ID card
  • Out of State Driver's License (requires a second form of ID*)
  • State Issued non-driver ID (requires a second form of ID*
  • Children 15 years of age: both parents must be present and both must present valid ID
  • Children 16-17 years of age:  one parent must be present and must present valid ID

*Types of Secondary ID include: social security card, health insurance card, employment ID, school ID

3. Photographs

You must submit 1 passport photograph taken within the past 6 months.    The photo MUST BE 2x2 inches in size (no exceptions).  The photo must be front view with a white or off-white plain background.  The customer must be the only person in the photo. 

4. Fees
All fees are set by the Department of State and are non-refundable, see link below. All passport processing facilities charge the same fees.

Passport Application Fee: This fee must be paid by check or money order payable to the “U.S. Department of State” A separate check/money order is required for each application. In the lower left portion of check/money order reference applicant’s full name and date of birth.

Acceptance/Execution Fee:  This fee can be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa or Master Card payable to the "Township of Middletown

For a full list of fees please click on the link below

PROCESSING TIME
(January 25, 2016 - Current Processing Time is 6 Weeks)

Routine processing of passport  applications  takes from 4 - 6 weeks.  Processing time may fluctuate according to workload.   Expedited processing is available for an additional fee and is available within 15 business days.    

The U.S. Passport Card
The Department of State began offering a U.S. Passport Card the summer of 2008 in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book.  The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger.

The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.  The card may not be used to travel by air.  Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.

Passport Card Fee for Routine Processing takes between 4-6 weeks.  Expedited Processing is available for an additional fee. Express mail is not available for passport cards.)

FORMS  
A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82, may apply for a passport card as a Renewal.  First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.

LINK TO US PASSPORT AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
For up-to-date access to forms, fees, guidelines, and current processing time can be found on the US Passport website using the link below
   US Passport Information and Guidelines