State Dept. Issues Final Passport Rule
The Department of State has issued a final rule that reorganizes, restructures, and updates passport regulations. The Department said it issued the rule “to make [the regulations] easier for users to access information, to better reflect current practice and changes in statutory authority, and to remove outdated provisions.” In general, the Department said, the revisions do not mark a departure from current policy. Rather, the Department’s intent is “to bring greater clarity to current passport policy and practice and to present it in a less cumbersome way.”
Because issues regarding passport fees and the passport card are addressed in a separate rulemaking, the Department said it will respond to comments on those issues at a later time.