U.S. Passport Price Increase and Application Changes

February 3, 2008

in Automobiles, Canada, Caribbean, Travel, USA, Web Tips

If you’ve ever wondered about the phenomenon that is Groundhog Day or have an itch to visit Punxsutawney just to say you’ve been there, check out my post on the subject over at the Geek Buffet. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. . .

On February 1, U.S. passport fees climbed once again. Adult applicants renewing a passport see theirs rise to $75 (from $67, a 12% increase). First-time applicants over 16 will now pay a cool $100 (up from $97, a 3% increase). The fee for minors under 16 years of age is $85 (from $82, a 4% increase).

Passport CardThe State Department also made available for the first time its controversial Passport Card, “a low cost, limited use (land and sea only) alternative to the Passport Book designed for those living along the border.” The card costs $45 for adults and $35 for children.

Finally, the age for which both parents must appear and sign a passport application on behalf of a child will increase from 14 to 16 years old. Children under 16 must appear personally with both parents to establish identity, proof of citizenship and proof of relationship. 16- and 17-year-olds may apply in person with their own identification, but may be asked to show parental consent.

If you don’t have a passport yet, what ARE you waiting for? They are obviously not getting any cheaper . . . Snap some photos, download the revised forms from the State Department’s website, and get applying before they decide to raise the price again!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jae m. 02.11.08 at 7:05 pm

What do you think about other places that also offer passports for like $65? Is it the same thing as ordering it from the state dept site, will it be honored if you tried using it? Please e-mail me your response, it would be very helpful.

2 poetloverrebelspy 02.13.08 at 12:08 pm

Jae sent me a link to one of the companies he mentioned above. He overlooked the fact that $65 was the fee you sent just to the company for applying on your behalf; it was also necessary to include the expedited processing fee for your passport charged by the State Dept. ($135) as well as pay shipping costs, resulting in over double the cost of applying yourself.

Applying for a passport is a straightforward process and the forms are available for free download from the State Dept. website. What these services promise is expedited returns — so unless you need your passport in 4 business days, I can’t imagine why you would pay anyone $65 to hand-deliver your application to a passport center for you.

Hope this clears up confusion in this matter.

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