If you were hoping to travel out of the country anytime soon, it is going to cost you a little bit more money to get a US passport.
That’s right, folks — beginning on Monday, December 27, the cost to get a US passport book is going to increase by $20 for all customers. According to the Travel State Department, “The increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”
That means that for a US citizen, the cost of a new passport is going to jump to $165 and passport renewals will cost $130. For any person under the age of 16 years old, the cost of a passport will be $135. The State Department says that it will be processing passport applications in 8 to 11 weeks. On Monday, they posted an update to their official Twitter account.
“On Dec 27, the cost for a passport book will increase by $20. The increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”
The same price hike will also apply to those who are renewing their passports by mail. However, the fee will be based on when the application is first mailed in.
“The fee increase applies to all passports, including renewals,” the Travel – State Department said. “The fee is based on when the application was submitted and not the arrival date.”
If you would like to check out how much fees currently are, you can visit the U.S. Department of State’s official travel page by clicking here.
Americans Upset Over Price Increase to US Passport
As you can probably imagine, American travelers are voicing their discontent over the price hike to US passports on social media.
“Why is this information not on travel.state.gov yet?” one person asked. “Why literally less than one week notice about the change? (Many places are closed Friday for the holiday, giving 4 days for people to try to get their passports earlier if they need to save that money). Unhappy agent!”
“WOW what a way to hit people that need passports for more money when the economy is so BAD already!” said a second follower. “This is the worst reason to screw people out of more $$$ money they do not have. All these businesses are PERMANENTLY CLOSING so let’s put families and college students in more DEBT.”
Meanwhile, a third Twitter user saw things from the opposite point of view. They believe that a mere $20 jump in cost won’t really affect people who have enough money to travel between countries.
“Yes, the international leisure traveler is getting HAMMERED BY CRUSHING FEES…whine more.”