Posted Monday, July 12th, 2010

Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall is advising anyone needing a new or renewed passport that the U.S. State Department increased passport fees nationwide July 13.

The passport fee for an adult age 16 and over went from $75 to $110, plus an additional $25 acceptance fee, making the total adult cost $135, Bramhall said.

For minors under the age of 16, the passport fee increased from $60 to $80 plus the additional $25 acceptance fee, for a total of $105, Bramhall said.

Adults 16 years of age and over needing their passports expedited have had that fee increase to $184.96 from $149.96, plus the $25 acceptance fee for a total of $209.96.

Minors under the age of 16 who want their passports expedited have incured a $20 fee increase to $154.96 plus the additional $25 acceptance fee, for a total of $179.96.

Bramhall noted the passport/expedited fee is payable only with a check made out to the U.S. State Department, while the acceptance fee must be paid in cash.

Individuals applying for a passport must bring with them proof of citizenship, including a birth certificate with a raised seal of the town or state of birth, or naturalization papers; two identical regulation color passport photos; and proof of identification, such as a valid driver’s license. Anyone wanting to renew a passport must also bring the old passport.

The Passport Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday with Wednesday evening hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located in the County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Morris County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

More passport information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Passport Office at 973-285-6161.