U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increased to $35

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee increased from $25 to $35.

What’s an Execution Fee?

According to the U.S. Department of State, when you apply in person for a passport, you pay two separate fees: an application fee to the U.S. Department of State and the execution fee to the passport acceptance facility. Passport acceptance facilities might be post offices, county offices, city offices, or public libraries. To “recover the costs to the U.S. government” for providing the service of acceptance facilities, the Department of State recently calculated that these costs exceed the current fee of $25 and thus the $10 increase.

Does This Apply to Me?

If you apply in person, the execution fee, until April 2, 2018 will be $25. After, the $10 execution fee increase increases for U.S. passport applicants applying in person, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.

The $10 fee increase does not apply to adults eligible to renew their passport by mail.  Renewal customers can mail their application and supporting documentation to the Department of State and should not apply in person or pay an execution fee.

For more information on passport renewals in the United States, visit travel.state.gov.

There’s good news as well! The State Department will be holding special Passport Acceptance Fairs across the United States to help citizens get their passports. Adults who are first-time applicants and all children can apply at these events. New events will be added every Monday. See the current list of events here. Events are grouped by state, so you may have to scroll down to find an event near you.

Considering the TSA announced that regulations on the REAL ID Act will begin October 11, 2018, it might be a good time to get your passport. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will be required to show an alternate ID form to pass TSA security checkpoints, even for domestic travel. In accordance with the REAL ID Act, the IDs from these nine states do not meet the federal government’s minimum-security standards. For states to pass the government’s security standards, they must verify every ID applicant’s identity, put anti-counterfeit technology in the production of the card, and conduct background checks on those who issue driver’s licenses.

Learn more about the REAL ID Act here.

Again, if you simply need to renew your passport, you should renew by mail to avoid the Execution Fees.

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