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One month from today, it will get pricier to get several United States passports, including US passports for children. On April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. This fee makes up just one component of the total cost of a passport, but it impacts child applicants the most because the fee applies to in-person applications at passport acceptance facilities such as post offices, public libraries, and court clerks. While many adults can renew by mail, all passport applications and renewals for those under 16 years old must be done in person.
The increase does not impact adults who renew their passport by mail using the DS-82 form as opposed to the in-person D-11 form. The fee is on the rise because a study concluded that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25.
This means you have one month left to beat the $10 passport rate that will apply to in-person passport renewals or initial applications. When you are thinking through if anyone in your family is due for a renewal, remember that you really can’t travel freely on a passport in the last six months of validity, so keep that in mind when checking expiration dates. Since child passports are only valid for five years, or 4.5 years if you ignore the last six months, renewals can creep up quickly!
At the current rates, a child’s passport is $105 and an initial in-person adult passport application is $135, assuming you don’t need to pay for expedited handling. In case you need to do a little research before applying for your family’s passports, here are some passport related articles to get you going.
- Getting Your Child’s First Passport
- Getting a Passport for a Newborn
- How to Renew Your Child’s Passport
- Taking an Infant’s Passport Photo
Just be sure to complete your passport submissions by April 2, 2018, to beat the coming $10 rate increase!
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