Passport Fees to Increase Beginning July 13th
Rep. Chu encourages constituents to apply for passports before increase
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of State has announced that it is increasing passport fees beginning July 13, 2010. The new fee scale is designed to cover actual operating expenses of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which provides services at 301 overseas consular posts, 23 domestic passport agencies and other centers.
“If you need a passport or it’s time to renew, now is the time to submit your request to the Department of State before their processing fees increase on July 13th,” said Rep. Judy Chu. “My office is here to help if you have difficulty with the passport process. Call 626-448-1271 or visit my website at chu.house.gov to contact my office for help with passports or any other matter relating to the federal government.”
The new fee schedule is as follows:
- $135 for a first-time U.S. passport book for adults (ages 16 and older). The present fee is $100.
- $110 for U.S. passport book renewal for adults. The present fee is $75.
- $105 for a U.S. passport book for minors (under age 16). The present fee is $85.
In addition, the fees for U.S. Passport cards will also increase:
- $55 for first-time U.S. passport card for adults (ages 16 and older). The present fee is $45.
- $30 for a U.S. passport card for adults who have a fully valid U.S. passport issued within the last 15 years. The present fee is $20.
- $40 for a U.S. passport card for minors (under age 16). The present fee is $35.
Passport cards can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.
To download a passport application, visit https://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. A list of passport application acceptance facilities can also be found on the website.