How Much Does It Cost to Get a Passport
Keeping up with the cost of a passport can be a little daunting. We all know prices never stay the same and for a passport, it is no different. So, how much does a passport cost will vary.
Why is that so?
Well, the cost varies due to the process options available to get a new passport. What do I mean by that? The Department of State has designated many facilities to accept passport applications. One reason for so many acceptance places is the number of applications received. Also, some applicants have urgencies to get a passport. So, how long does it take to get a passport will determine how much does a passport cost.
Let’s get a clear picture of the cost of a passport book.
|Type of Passport||Application Fee||Execution Fee||Expedited Fee||Total Cost|
|New Minor Passport||$80.00||$35.00||$60.00||$115 (without expedited fee) $175 (with expedited fee)|
|New Adult Passport||$110.00||$35.00||$60.00||$145 (without expedited fee) $205 (with expedited fee)|
|Passport Renewal||$110.00||$0.00||$60.00||$110 (without expedited fee) $170 (with expedited fee)|
|Lost or Stolen Replacement||$110.00||$35.00||$60.00||$145 (without expedited fee) $205 (with expedited fee)|
|Minor Passport Card||$80.00||$35.00||$60.00||$115 (without expedited fee)|
$175 (with expedited fee)
|Adult Passport Card||$30.00||$35.00||$60.00||$65 (without expedited fee)|
$125 (with expedited fee)
Who can get a passport?
A U.S. citizen is eligible to get a passport. That is, a minor or an adult can apply for a passport. Either can be a first-time applicant or someone who needs a replacement passport. To become qualified, proof of citizenship and other supporting documents are necessary. A minor passport is valid for five years and an adult for ten years.
The Cost of a Passport Book
New Passport Book
First-time applicants will notice the cost of a passport consists of two things, the passport application fee and the execution fee. Together, they become the price you pay for a passport. You don’t have a choice of paying one; they are together.
Minor Passport Book Cost
So, for a minor passport, a child 15 years or younger, the application fee is $80, and the execution fee is $35. The total cost of a minor passport is $115. The price will increase if you choose to expedite the application.
Adult Passport Book Cost
For an adult, 16 years or older, applying for the first time, the application fee is $110, and the execution fee is $35. So, the total price of an adult passport is $145. The cost will increase if you choose to expedite the application.
Passport Book Renewal
Once a minor passport expires, it cannot be renewed. If the child is still younger than 15 years, you must reapply for a new passport. The cost will be $115. An adult can renew an expired passport.
To renew an expired passport, it must be:
- In good condition and without missing pages
- Submit the expired passport with the application
- Pay fee
The cost to replace an expired adult passport is $110. There is no execution cost added.
Lost or Stolen
If you lose your passport at home or while traveling, you can get a replacement. To apply, you must include two forms instead of one. The forms are DS-11 and DS-64. Also, the supportive documents and fee.
The price of a minor replacement passport is the same as a new passport. You will pay the execution and application fees, $115. An adult replacement passport price is the same as the new passport. The price is $145.
(The costs mentioned above are related to standard processing and a passport book.)
Processing Options that will Increase a Passport Book Cost
The cost of a passport will increase if you select other processing options. The alternatives available include expedited and same day service. The increase in price is for the service and not the passport itself.
Expedited service will decrease the processing time. The typical time it takes to process an application is six weeks. With expedited, the time to get a passport is cut in half. You can not get a passport in three weeks. The additional cost will be $60. So, in total a minor passport will be the $175 and an adult is $205.
For the same-day service, you can go to a regional passport agency or a private expeditor. The price you will pay for the service will increase your passport cost. A regional agency will charge a flat fee for the service. The fee is usually $60 per application. So, the price of a minor’s is $175, and an adult is $205. To use a regional agency, you must get an appointment and provide proof of travel and your emergency.
The price of an expeditor service will vary. To get a price coat, look online or call your neighborhood expeditors. You will pay the application, execution and service fees.
Where to Take Your Application
The local acceptance offices to apply are the post offices, county clerk’s offices, courthouses, and libraries. You must check with each location for their acceptance times. All these facilities will offer regular and expedited processing services.
You will pay the standard cost or expedited ($60 more) at these locations for a new passport. Also, you can apply for the first time or a replacement passport.
There are only 26 regional passport agencies across the U.S. If your choice is to use one, your appointment will be the nearest if one is not in the state you reside.
Applying for a Passport Card
You can apply for a passport card at all the locations mentioned above. The cost will be less than the book. However, the validity for a minor and an adult is the same as the passport for both.
So, a minor passport card will cost $50, and an adult is $65. If you expedite the application, add $60 to both. The new price will be $110 for a minor and $125 for an adult.
Applying for Both Passport Book & Card
You can apply for both documents if you choose to do so. For a minor, the price includes the application fee for both book and card and one execution fee. Thus, the total cost of a minor’s passport book and card is $130.
An adult passport book and card price includes both application fees for the book and card. Also included is the execution fee. The total cost for both documents is $175.
To expedite both passport types, add $60. The new price for a minor is $190 and $235 for an adult.