From new policies to price increases, changes in the travel industry happen all the time – and recently, a small change in passport fees was announced. On January 31, 2018, the Department of State published a final rule that will increase the passport execution fee from $25 to $35, effective on April 2, 2018. The fee increase does not apply to individuals who renew their passport through the mail using the DS-82 form. But it does apply to applicants using the DS-11 form, which is the form used by:
- First time applicants over 16
- Children under 16
- People who reapply after reporting their passport as lost or stolen
According to the Department of State, the final rule is a result of two studies conducted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Postal Service, which determined that the $25 execution fee was not enough to cover the cost of processing a passport. For passport books, the price will go up from $135 to $145 for adults and from $105 to $115 for individuals 16 years or younger.