How much is a new passport?
We’re in the middle of autumn and one of the most popular times of the year for leisure travel. As you start making preparations for your international trip, you’re probably becoming more aware of the fees that start adding up on top of the airline rates, hotel prices, and gifts to bring home. It never pays to leave everything until the last minute, especially when it comes to international travel. Just as changing your flight can cost a pretty penny, so too can renewing or applying for a new passport in a hurry.
How much is a new passport book or card?
Adults applying for their first passport – or their first one since turning 16 – start with $110 for a 26- or 52-page ten-year passport book, and $30 for a ten-year passport card. This does not including the $35 execution fee when applying in person, or any expediting fees to get the documents in a hurry. Children’s passports start at $80 for a five-year book, and $15 for a five-year card.
Passport renewals for adults and children, regardless of the reason, cost the same: $110 for adults, $80 for children. These fees may be waived or at least postponed in the case of stolen passports abroad, but anyone applying for them in the US will most likely have fees added.
Getting a new passport at a regional passport office
Though you might think applying in person at a passport office (https://www.travelvisapro.com/blog/expedited-passport-offices-for-renewals-and-first-time-applications/) is one of the faster ways to get your new passport book or card, it’s not necessarily the cheapest. Applying in person requires that you make an appointment and present proof of immediate travel.
Regional passport offices exist across the continental United States and Puerto Rico that are capable of processing these applications in person. However, anyone applying should expect a $35 Execution Fees and in some cases a $60 expediting fee.
Applying for a new passport through the mail
The cheapest and slowest way to apply for or renew a passport is to send in all the necessary documents through the mail to the US State Department. Applicants only have to pay the processing fees of $110 or $80 for adults and children, respectively. However, applications can take several weeks to get back to you.
Another option is to apply directly at an authorized USPS office, which has the advantage of getting your payment (USPS money order), photo (in some locations), and documents verified by professionals. This method is essentially the same as applying by mail from home, and doesn’t improve the processing time or the fees.
Getting a new passport book or card in a hurry
If you’re in a ridiculous hurry and must have your passport application processed within the same business day, applying in person at a regional passport office may be your best option. However, these locations usually require appointments and processing time is subject to the number of applications under review.
On the other hand, Travel Visa Pro’s team of travel experts can get you a new passport in a hurry with our Emergency Service. With a morning appointment at one of our US offices, you can receive your travel documents by the end of the workday. The costs for applying for new passports or renewing old ones through a third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro is determined entirely by your needs, whether that means getting your passport by the end of the week or the end of the day.
Other fees for new passport applications
Just because we’ve covered the processing fees, expediting fees, and execution fees, doesn’t mean that’s all there is. Applying for a passport requires that all applicants bring in two passport-sized photos (approximately $15-20 from a pharmacy or photo studio) and proof of citizenship (which you should have ready).
Any name changes must be proved with a certified copy of the court-ordered name change. Don’t negate shipping costs, either; the US Department of State will mail your passport book back with Priority Mail, but charges $15.45 for an overnight return should you wish; this option is only available for passport books.
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