Current US Passport Fees

Updated on 05/13/2013
In Travel

Passport fees are one of the inconveniences of international travel.

However, being aware of the correct cost to apply for or renew your passport will make your life a little easier. Submitting the wrong amount of money could delay your passport application.

Current US Passport Fees

At the end of March 2010, the State Department was responsible for organizing Passport Day in the USA — a Saturday set aside for people to visit passport agencies and affiliate offices that would normally be closed. The State Department had advised that passport fees would increase — and they did.

The passport fee increases vary depending on what product or service you require (a passport book, card or renewal) and your age (the price increases once you are 16 or older).

  • US passport book for adults (age 16 and over) is $135
  • US passport book renewal (age 16 and over only) is $110
  • US passport book for minors (under age 16) is $105
  • US passport card for adults (age 16 and over) is $55
  • US passport card for adults (age 16 and over) who currently hold a valid US passport is $30
  • US passport card for minors (under age 16) is $40
  • Additional pages for entry stamps or visas is $82

Why Passport Fees Increase

The US State Department says that the increase in passport fees cover the costs of new high-tech passports.

New passports have more security features, making them harder to duplicate or alter.

While travelers are certainly upset at the increase of passport fees, elected officials and US representatives are also upset by the changes.

Said New York Congressman Brian Higgins in a statement: “We need to literally and figuratively build bridges that encourage cross border tourism, commerce and economic opportunity and this move would do just the opposite.”

Paying Your Passport Fees

Acceptable forms of payment vary according to how your application is submitted.

At a passport agency, payments can be made by credit or debit card, or a check or money order payable to “Department of State.”

Acceptance facilities accept personal checks, money orders and bank drafts, payable to “Department of State.” Some locations may accept exact cash.

At a US Embassy or Consulate, local foreign currency equivalent to the US dollar costs are acceptable.

Only adult renewal fees and optional services fees (such as expedited service or overnight delivery) are processable by mail, and can be paid by check or money order.


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