What is the fee for a passport?
Traveling in 2020 comes with its own set of perks and challenges. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who doesn’t hold a passport book or card, you might find this is the year to get started. By taking advantage of the opportunities a passport book affords a U.S. citizen, you can travel to almost two hundred countries without a visa, and can easily access others by taking the time to apply for one at an embassy or consulate.
However, like everything else when it comes to travel, putting things off until the last minute can mean increased fees and excessive charges — try booking an international flight the day prior and you’ll see. Though many travelers don’t have the luxury of planning months in advance, the difference between days and weeks is significant when it comes to passport application fees.
What is the fee for a Passport Book?
Whether you’re applying for a passport book for the first time or a renewal after ten years, the cost is the same: $110 for the application fee.
However, first-time applicants can only submit their forms in person at a regional passport agency or through a third party like Travel Visa Pro, which requires an additional $35 execution fee (subject to change). These fees do not include any expedited charges for processing in a few business days, as well as the costs of providing passport photos and court documents as needed for individual applications.
What is the fee for a Passport Card?
Because passport cards have more limited options for international travelers, the fees are significantly less: $30 for renewals by mail, $30 + $35 for first-time applicants in person. Like the books, cards are also valid for ten years.
What is the fee for Children’s Passports?
While the most significant price gap for passports may be between books and cards, the fees for adults and children also differ. For those under 16 applying with two legal guardians, the cost is $80 + a $35 execution fee. There is no option for applying for a children’s passport or renewing one by mail, so the execution fee is always included.
What is the fee for an Expedited Passport?
In a rush for a big international trip? Should you live near a regional passport agency under the jurisdiction of the U.S. State Department, you can make an in-person appointment to have your passport application or renewal processed faster. This can take anywhere from a few business days to a few weeks depending on the time of year.
The aforementioned application and execution fees apply to standard processing times, i.e. up to a few weeks in person and several weeks by mail. Should you be unable to wait that long, regional passport agencies can charge a $60 fee for expedited processing.
What is the cheapest way to get a Passport?
The cheapest way to travel internationally with a new passport is to apply for a passport card renewal by mail: $30 processing fee, no execution fee. Mail-in applications for passport books and cards are generally cheaper, but less reliable if your travel dates are fixed.
Applying for a renewal or first-time application by mail may allow you to renew your passport from the comfort of your home. However, Travel Visa Pro can also process your standard or expedited application with an appointment at one of our offices or by mailing it in.
What if I need a Passport even sooner?
Travel Visa Pro can actually have your passport application processed within the same business day in some cases. With a TVP appointment, if your application is physically in the hands of one of our travel professionals that morning, you may be able to receive new travel documents by that evening.
If this is the type of service you need to travel, contact one of our travel experts. Travel Visa Pro offers an Emergency Service — typically an eight-hour turnaround — for passport applications at $599. Next Day Service is also available for $429.
Even if you think you might have enough time to handle your passport application on your own, the processing time at regional passport agencies depends on the time of year and the number of applications. You may not want to risk waiting a few days as your departure date approaches.
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