Please be advised that the U.S. Department of State is experiencing passport processing delays. Current federal processing times are listed below.

Two passport photos and a photo of the County Clerk’s Passport Offices

General Information

Although the issuance of passports is done by the federal passport agency, the County Clerk’s Passport Offices are available to assist in the preparation of the application which, in turn, is forwarded to the U.S. State Department.

To request an appointment, please call the Monmouth County Clerk’s Freehold Borough or Neptune County Connection Office during normal business hours. Please click here for more information about our two locations. The passport applicant must be present and passport applications must be completed prior to your arrival.

You may also be eligible to renew your passport by mail. To check if you are eligible to do so, please click here to visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. State Department Passport Processing Times

Routine Service: from 8 to 11 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received.

Expedited Service: from 5 to 7 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. These door-to-door timeframes include both the U.S. State Department’s processing times and mailing times on the front and back end.

For more information about processing times and emergency situation exceptions, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Starting the Application Process
Required Documentation

To obtain a U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, each applicant needs:

  • Proof of American Citizenship
  • Proof of Identification
  • Social Security Number
  • Recent color photograph (Our offices provide passport photo service)
  • Payment of fees (check/money order and cash/credit card)

Please note that a U.S. Passport Card is only valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean – Not for travel by air to these destinations.

Please continue reading through the following accordions for step by step information regarding the passport application process.

1. Complete the passport application

View/Download the Passport Application here

The form can also be obtained and filled out in our passport offices.

Your departure date, if known, and your Social Security number must be included on the application. It is important that you fill out all of the required information on the application. Do not sign the application until you are instructed to do so in the presence of the Passport Agent who is processing it.

2. Provide proof of American citizenship
You must submit one (1) of the following for proof of U.S. Citizenship:

Original documents are required, photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable.

  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport book or card (For children age 15 and under, please see the requirements below)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:*
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists parents’ full names
    • Has the raised, embossed or multi-colored seal of the issuing authority
    • Has the date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the registrar’s signature
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship

* Please note: As a result of a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice investigation, birth certificates issued by the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics and/or Jersey City Department of Health cannot be accepted for passport applications. A N.J. State issued Birth Certificate is required. For a state issued replacement of a Hudson County or Jersey City issued birth certificate, please on the following link: N.J. State Vital Statistics

* Also, the U.S. Department of State will only accept Puerto Rican birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010.

If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, or for more information, please click here for N.J.’s Citizenship Evidence.

Requirements for children age 15 and under:

  • Birth certificate or adoption papers
    • Must be submitted with the child’s application, as evidence of the child’s relationship to the parents/guardian
  • Both parents need to be present or:
    • Submit a U.S. Department of State consent form DS-3053, click here, as evidence of sole authority to apply
    • Submit a death certificate if a parent is deceased
    • For more information, please contact our passport office directly, click here for contact information
  • Both parents must provide identification (See Step #3 for ID information)
3. Present identification

COVID-19 Update: If your license has expired and has not been able to be renewed due to the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) closure, please bring a secondary form of identification.

You must present one (1) of the following identification documents (IDs) to the acceptance agent. The ID must readily identify you.

  • In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
  • U.S. Military ID or military dependent ID
  • Valid foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by the parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)

Please note: If you present an out-of-state ID, you must present an additional secondary ID. (See Step #4 for secondary ID information)

4. Provide approved secondary forms of identification
Aside from your proof of citizenship, you must also be able to identify yourself and authenticate your signature.

Some accepted forms of secondary identification include:

  • Social Security card
  • Voter registration card
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID
  • Medicare or other health card
  • Expired driver’s license
  • Membership card in a local social organization or club
5. Provide passport photographs
You must provide one (1) photograph with your passport application. All three of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Passport Offices provide passport photo service for a $10 fee.

Requirements for a Good Passport Photo

COVID-19 Update: If your child needs a photo taken at the Neptune Monmouth County Connection and is unable to sit up on their own, please bring a white towel or blanket to use as a background.

  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Size of photo
  • Recent, taken in the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Background must be plain white or off-white
  • Head must be directly facing the camera with your full face in view
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
  • In color
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast shadows on your face.
  • No headphones or wireless hands-free devices
  • No eyeglasses worn

Per the U.S. Department of State, eyeglasses may not be worn in photos unless in rare circumstances of medical necessity. In these rare circumstances, applicants should obtain a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner (such as a surgeon or ophthalmologist).

To see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, please visit the U.S. Passports & Travel Photo Examples page.

6. Pay the processing fees

Please note: The application fee and the execution fee are paid separately. The federal processing fee (application fee) must be paid via check or money order. The County processing fee (execution fee) can be made by cash or credit card. American Express is not accepted.

Adult Passport Fees (Age 16 Years and Older):

Applying For Adult (Age 16+) Application Fee Acceptance Fee  (Execution Fee) Total
First-time Adult Passport Book $130 $35 = $165
First-time Adult Passport Card $30 $35 = $65
First-time Adult Passport Book & Card $160 $35 = $195


Adult Passport Renewal Fees (Age 16 Years and Older):

Renewing Adult (Age 16+) Application Fee Acceptance Fee  (Execution Fee) Total
Adult Passport Book Renewal $130 Not Required = $130
Adult Passport Card Renewal $30 Not Required = $30
Adult Passport Book & Card Renewal $160 Not Required = $160


Minor Passport Fees:

Applying For Minor (Under Age 16) Application Fee Acceptance Fee  (Execution Fee) Total
Minor Passport Book $100 $35 = $135
Minor Passport Card $15 $35 = $50
Minor Passport Book & Card $115 $35 = $150


Other Fees:

Info Fee Charge
Expedite Fee Paid per application, in addition to required fees. Provides faster processing than routine service. $60
Overnight Delivery Paid per application for overnight delivery of an issued passport book from the Department of State to the customer. Only applies to mailing addresses within the United States. Not valid for passport cards. $18.32

For fees of other applications or services, please visit the U.S. Passports & Travel Passport Fees and Calculator page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents are needed to get my passport?
Each applicant must prove his citizenship when applying for a passport using: a certified birth certificate with both parents’ names and a raised seal, U.S. passport, or certificate of naturalization. Children age 15 and under must always have their birth certificates when applying. Applicants must also show identification if over the age of 18 (minors use parents’ or guardians’ identification).

Do both of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Passport Offices take passport photos?
Yes. Both the Monmouth County Clerk’s Main Freehold Office and Monmouth County Connection have on-site photo processing and are happy to take your passport picture.

How long is my passport valid?
If the applicant is 16 years of age or older when applying for a U.S. passport, the passport will be valid for 10 years. If the applicant is under the age of 16, the U.S. passport will be valid for 5 years.

How do I obtain a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate with both parents’ names?
Please contact the Vital Statistics office in the city in which the applicant was born.

Can I send a copy of a Birth Certificate?
No. The birth certificate must be an original, certified document with a raised seal and include both parents’ names.

Can I pay for my passport application with cash?
No. At the Freehold Passport Office and Monmouth County Connection, your passport application must be processed using a check or money order.

Will my old passport and documents be returned?
Yes. Your old passport and any documents sent to prove citizenship (birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers) will be returned to you in a separate envelope 5 to 7 days after you receive your new passport.

Does my child need to be present when applying for a passport?
Yes. Regardless of age, anyone who is applying for a passport must be present.

Is it true that both parents/legal guardians must be present when a minor (under 16) is applying for a passport?
U.S. passport applicants under the age of 16 are required to have consent from both parents/legal guardians. If both parents/guardians are unable to be present, a consent form (DS-3053) will be needed for the applicant. Please contact the office or the U.S. Department of State for more information.