How Much Does a Passport Cost?
The cost of a passport can vary depending on the type of service you
require, how quickly you need to get the application processed and any
additional services you might need. When someone thinks of the price he or she will pay to get a passport, they usually consider only the required fees. However, there are many others expenses that an applicant might have to pay that are often overlooked. This article seeks to elaborate all possible expenses involved in obtaining a U.S. passport.
There is an application fee
for most services ranging from only $15 for a passport card for a minor to $110 for a new passport or renewal. An execution fee
of $25 is mandatory when submitting Form DS-11. This is paid to the agent that adjudicates the application.
The fees for some of the optional services
are $60 for expedited service, $20.66 for overnight delivery of your new passport and $150 for a file search
A file search can be requested in writing if you want passport services
to locate in their files the document you submitted as evidence of U.S.
citizenship for a previous application.
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that can be incurred during the application
process but are often overlooked and not factored in to the total cost
of a passport include passport photos, postage and handling, transportation, parking,
food and, even, lodging. If you need to travel a long distance to apply
at a regional agency and are required to stay overnight, the total cost
you spend on a passport can be quite high.
Another aspect of the application process
that should be
factored into the cost of a passport
is the time you spend preparing
and submitting the application. Completing the application form and
gathering the supporting documents that are required should not take
more than 30 minutes if the documents are readily available. It should
not take more than another 30 minutes to an hour to submit the
application if you live relatively close to an application acceptance
However, the application process can turn into a marathon if
you have to take passport photos, get a certified copy of your birth
certificate, obtain a valid identification document or travel to a regional agency
What should take an hour to an hour and a half could end up taking an
entire day or more to get done. If you have to miss a day of work to
get this done, the cost increases significantly. Even if you don't have to
miss work, how much is your time worth? Determine an amount, figure out
how long it will take you to apply and calculate the cost.
An alternative to personally submitting the application form at
a regional agency is to employ the services of a registered expediting
service. Current passport fee for expediting
at Fastport Passport
ranges from $149 for processing in 8 to 14 business days to $399 for same day passports
By applying early, you can avoid these extra expenses. When you need
your passport in 2 weeks or less, you need to compare the cost of
visiting the regional agency yourself compared to the fees for applying through a registered expediter
How much does a passport cost? Again, it depends on the many variables
we have listed above. The lowest possible price would be about $50 for
the renewal of a passport card for an adult. This would include the
application fee, passport photo and postage. The highest amount an
applicant might spend to get a passport can reach $750 or more. That's
a pretty high price to pay for a passport and probably only worth the
cost in emergency situations. Hopefully, this article will help you
better understand all the expenses involved in getting a passport.
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