DOS Proposes Increase in Passport Fees
The Department of State has proposed an increase in fees (PDF) for passport application services:
- From $100 to $135 for a first-time U.S. passport book for adults (age 16 and over)
- From $75 to $110 for passport renewal (age 16 and over only)
- From $85 to $105 for a passport for minors (under age 16)
The fee for expedited service will remain $60.
Over the last five years, the Department noted, demand for passports has increased to an average of 15 million per year. In fiscal year (FY) 2005, the Department issued 10.1 million passports; issuances peaked at 18.4 million in FY 2007.
The U.S. Passport Book and U.S. Passport Card for adults are valid for 10 years. Passports for minors under age 16 are valid for five years.