Proposed passport fee hike happening soon (July 13!)

In case you doubted the US Passport Agency could do their jobs with that paltry budget they have hanging over their heads all the time, put those doubts to rest. They’ll soon be getting an influx of cash.

On July 13th the cost for getting a new, renewed or child’s passport, will take a flying leap. The price for a new adult passport will rise from $100 to $135. The price to renew your passport will be $110, up from $75 and for your child (those under 16) you’ll now spend $105.
All of this of course was expected this summer, we just didn’t know when. If you were able to take advantage of Passport Day in the USA on a coveted Saturday back in March to renew or get a new passport, you’re good to go. But for now, you’ll have to get down there on a weekday next week if you want to avoid paying the new fee.

The State Department said the new fees are based on a Cost of Service Study they did last year that “established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered through collection of fees. ”

Processing times are similar to before: four to six weeks for standard processing, two to three weeks for expedited processing. And don’t forget, many countries require your passport to have at least 6 months of validity left on them to enter.

The price for a US visa for foreigners to enter the country are going up next month as well. For a complete list of the new fees, click here.