The Middletown Town Hall Passport Acceptance Agency is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility. Applications are accepted by appointment ONLY between the hours of 9 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Due to the need for social distancing we are not accepting walk-in visitors. For further information please contact the Passport agency at 732-615-2014.
Latest U.S. State Department Processing Times
As of June 17th, the U.S. State Department has announced that expedited shipping for passports has increased from 10 to 12 weeks. Please see the graphic for the latest passport service times. Visit travel.state.gov for the most current information.
Please Note: Notice of Increase in Passport Acceptance Fees Effective Monday, April 2, 2018Click HERE for more information.
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). Parental relationship document must also be submitted (US birth certificate; Foreign birth certificate, adoption decree, divorce/custody decree or Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a United State Citizen (FS-240)
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 persons need to submit their Original Certified U.S. Birth Certificate along with a clear photo copy. The birth certificate must list both parents names, have a raised seal and a 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
Original Proof of Parental Relationship must also be submitted. Proof of Parental Relationship include:
U.S. birth certificate
Foreign birth certificate
Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen (FS-240)
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 persons must submit the original naturalization certificate along with a clear photocopy. 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 (On-site Photos Available)
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. Beginning November 1st, 2016 the US Department of State will no longer accept photos of customers wearing Glasses.
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
(Current Processing Time at the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAVE SIGNIFICANT DELAYS DUE TO COVID 19)
Routine processing of passport applications takes up to 18 weeks. Processing time may fluctuate according to workload. Expedited processing is available for an additional fee and takes up to 12 weeks.
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 passport 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.
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 FORMS AND INFORMATION FOR 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