Passport Fees Are Going Up —Here’s How To Avoid the Increase

published Feb 28, 2018
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If you’re planning to travel outside the country, you may want to make sure your passport is in order sooner rather than later. The State Department announced that fee increase is coming. Here’s what you need to know.

If you’re already a passport holder, the increase may not directly affect you. In a statement released by the State Department, the execution fee will increase $10 on April 2nd.

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What is an execution fee, you ask? For in-person applicants, the usual $25 “in-office” fee will increase to $35 to reflect the costs associated with the layered process. “Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance agent for identity verification and document review,” according to the State Department.

For new passport applicants or renewing minors ages 16 and under, the increase will apply, in addition to the usual card, book, and application fees.

If you’re among those impacted by the change and want to avoid the increase, knock out this step before April 2nd and spend the extra $10 on airport goodies.

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