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Need a passport? Get it now before the price goes up

February 08, 2018

By Pam Leibfried

If you or your child don’t have a passport and may need one in the near future, act now, before a $10 per applicant price increase goes into effect this spring.

The fee increase does not impact the $110 per-application fee paid to the U.S. State Department for each new passport and passport renewal. That fee remains unchanged. So if you already have a passport, this fee increase won’t affect you.

The fee increase applies only to the $25.00 Passport Execution Fee you’ll pay to the local passport facility where you apply for your new passport. After April 2, 2018, that fee will increase to $35.00 per application.

Who will pay the higher fee?

  • First-time passport applicants over 16
  • Children under 16
  • Applicants who re-apply after their previous passport was lost/stolen.

Even if you’re not traveling internationally, having a passport can make air travel easier, especially if your state is one of the states whose drivers licenses are not yet in compliance with federal Real ID ACT requirements. 

Pam Leibfried is a marketing content specialist whose love of words led to a writing and editing career. After a brief stint teaching English, she transitioned to corporate communications and spent 20 years at The Nielsen Company before joining Alliant’s content development team. Early in her work life, Pam’s friend Matt explained the benefits of a 401(k) and her dad encouraged her to start a Roth IRA. Their good counsel prompted her to prioritize retirement savings, which just might enable her to retire early so she can read more and live out the slogan on her fave T-shirt:  “I have a retirement plan: I plan on quilting.”