Passport Fees Going Up



ELLSWORTH — If you’re planning a trip abroad, you might want to put “get a passport” at the top of your to-do list.

 

Acting quickly could save you money by securing a passport before the federal government increases its fees.

The U.S. Department of State has proposed raising the current $100 fee for adults applying for their first passport book to $135.

The proposal also would increase fees for passport renewals, passports issued to minors and passport cards, which are used for land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

According to the Department of State, the proposed increases filed with the Federal Register in February are based on a cost-of-service study done last June that indicated the current fee schedule fails to meet the cost of services.

Current Fees

  • Adult passport book $100
  • Adult passport card $45
  • Adult passport book renewal $75
  • Adult passport card renewal $20
  • Minor (under 16) passport book $85
  • Minor passport card $35

Proposed Fees

  • Adult passport book $135
  • Adult passport card $55
  • Adult passport book renewal $110
  • Adult passport card renewal $30
  • Minor passport book $105
  • Minor passport card $40

 

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