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New Passport Center Opens in Toms River

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Mayor Thomas Kelaher cutting the ribbon at the TR Post Office's Passport Center, Sept. 2017. (Photo: Toms River Township)
Mayor Thomas Kelaher cutting the ribbon at the TR Post Office’s Passport Center, Sept. 2017. (Photo: Toms River Township)

Your first step to exploring the world will now be close to home.

A passport center – the only one of its kind in central and southern New Jersey – opened Friday in Toms River at the post office downtown. The center offers “one-stop services for applying for passports and passport cards, and for obtaining passport photos.” Toms River officials, including Mayor Thomas Kelaher, helped cut the ribbon on the new center Friday morning.

Passport appointment hours at the new Toms River Passport Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Passport service is also available for walk-in customers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you’re applying for a passport or renewing one, here is the documentation you should bring proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:

  • A previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state (Hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable)
  • Consular report of birth abroad or birth certificate
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship

In addition, one current ID is required, such as a naturalization certificate, valid driver’s license, current government ID (city, state or federal) or current military ID (military and dependents).

The cost for a passport book is $135 for adults (16 years and older), with separate payments of $110 paid to the State Department for the passport application fee and $25 to the Postal Service for its processing fee (set by the Department of State). For children under 16 years old, the cost is $105, with separate payments of $80 and $25 respectively. Postal clerks at the Passport Center also offer passport photo services for $15 per photo.

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