Starting this April, it’ll cost $10 more in fees to get your U.S. passport – in person, that is.
The U.S. Department of State on Wednesday confirmed that the passport “execution fee” will be raised from $25 to $35 effective April 2, according to a press release.
These fees will mainly affect citizens applying for their first child or adult passport. Adult passport books carry an additional $110 application fee, and there’s a $30 application fee for a passport card; this means the book will cost $145 in fees and the card will cost $65. The total costs for child applicants will be $115 (book) or $50 (card).
The State Department news release points out that fees will not be increased for renewals by mail. This means that most U.S. adults renewing their expired passports won’t see a price increase.
However, there are exceptions. According to State Department guidelines, citizens must apply in person if: it is their first U.S. passport; they are under age 16; it is their first passport once reaching age 16; their previous passport was lost or damaged; or their previous passport was issued more than 15 years earlier.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the $35 fee goes to the entity executing the application acceptance rather than the State Department; and about 80 percent of the time, that entity is a post office.
There are various other potential passport fees, according to the State Department website. Expedited service costs an extra $60. Changing the name on the document will cost anywhere between $0 and $165. Correcting a factual error on your passport is free.
By October 2020, the federal government will begin to require either the newly created REAL ID or a valid passport as identification at TSA checkpoints – no more driver’s licenses to board your flights.