Guide on how much is a Passport?

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A passport is required for international and some domestic travel. It’s a good idea to keep a valid passport on hand at all times so you can travel whenever you want, without a hassle.

When applying for a new passport or renewing an existing one, it is essential to understand the various fees involved. Knowing all types of fees helps you to choose a service that fits your budget and time constraints.

Here’s an essential fee guide that tells you ‘How much is a passport?’

Passport fees are subject to change, so keep an eye on this page for the most up-to-date US passport cost.

Guide on how much is a Passport?

Fresh Passport and Passport Renewal Cost for Adult (16 and Older):

Passport fee depends on three major categories: Adult or Minor, applying for a fresh passport or renewing a passport, and optional service to expedite the passport process.

Let’s see details of each category cost in the below subheadings,

Fresh Passport Cost for Adult:

If You are 16 orabove and applying for Fresh US Passport

You will need to pay an application fee and acceptance fee to get your fresh passport.

Passport Type Application Number Application Fee Execution or Acceptance Fee Total Amount
Passport Book DS-11 $110 $35 $145
Passport Card DS-11 $30 $35 $65
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $140 $35 $175

In addition, to the application fee, passport acceptance facilities will collect $35 as an execution or acceptance fee. So, a fresh Passport for an adult will cost $145 in total.

Passport Renewal Cost for Adult:

If You are 16 or above and applying for US Passport Renewal

You can renew your passport by mail. Unless it’s an emergency passport renewal, you don’t have to visit any nearby passport acceptance facility.

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The passport renewal cost for an adult is $110.

Passport Type Application Number Application Fee
Passport Book DS-82 $110
Passport Card DS-82 $30
Passport Book & Card DS-82 $140

As you don’t have to visit the acceptance facility, you don’t have to pay the acceptance fee. Passport renewal is cheap when compared to a fresh passport. This procedure is not only for citizens living in the US; some US citizens living in Canada may renew their passports by mail.

Passport Cost for Minor (under 16):

All children under 16 years old must apply in person with two parents or guardians, using Form DS-11. You can’t renew your child’s passport. US Passports issued to children under 16 are only valid for five years.

All minor applicants need to pay both the application and acceptance fee. A minor’s fee for a passport book is $115.

Passport Type Application Number Application Fee Execution or AcceptanceFee Total Amount
Passport Book DS-11 $80 $35 $115
Passport Card DS-11 $15 $35 $45
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $95 $35 $130

Even though minor applicant needs to pay acceptance fee, their fee is less when compared to the adult.

Cost to Change or Correcting Names in Passport:

Do you need to do any changes or corrections to your passport in the US due to a name change, printing error, or data error? You can apply by filling out the appropriate application form, and the fee to change or correct your name is,

Service Type Application Number Total Fee
Name Change and your passport was issued within the past year DS-5504 $0
You are requesting the change more than a year after receiving your passport. DS-11 or DS -82 $145 or $110
You already have a different name, but you can’t prove it with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate. DS-11 $145
Error Correction DS-5504 $0

The fees listed in the above table are for adults, specifically for passport books. The fee for minor applicant name changes and the fee for passport card/passport book & card will vary.

Cost of Expedited Service to Shorten Processing Time:

If you want to expedite the passport processing time, you can pay for an additional special service.

Service Type Additional fee
Expedited Service $60
1- or 2-Day Delivery $17.56
File Search $150

Expedited Service: Applicants primarily from the US are eligible. This service is also available to eligible US citizens living in Canada who renew their passports by mail using DS-82.

1- or 2-Day Delivery: Only available to applicants for the Passport Book in the US. Passport Card applicants are NOT eligible for this service. Passport cards are mailed using First Class Mail.

File Search: If you meet the following criteria, you may request a File Search instead of submitting proof of US citizenship,

  • You have previously obtained a US passport or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and
  • You are unable to submit it with your application.

After reviewing the fee structure for all services, the next question will arise the payment method.

The payment mode depends on how and where you are applying.

Payment Method:

Applying at Passport Acceptance Facility (Government office, Library, and Post Office):

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all the acceptance facilities are working. So, before applying, please check with your acceptance facility (post office, clerk of court, or Library) to see if it is open and accepting applications. Applicants who wish to apply at a post office must schedule an appointment through the USPS site.

Fees for the application and any additional services can be made by:

  • Checks (personal, cashier’s, certified, traveler’s) and money orders made payable to the “US Department of State” are not accepted.
  • Credit and debit cards are not accepted.

Execution or Acceptance Facility Payment:

  • Money orders, payable as directed by the facility, are accepted at all locations.
  • At some locations, personal checks and cash (exact change only) are accepted.
  • Credit cards are accepted at some US postal facilities and other locations. Please keep in mind that the facility may levy a surcharge to cover a credit card transaction cost.

Please check with the acceptance facility ahead of time to confirm acceptable payment methods.

Passport Renewal by Mail:

Payment mode to pay for Renewal by mail and any Additional Services:

  • Personal checks, cashier’s checks, certified checks, and traveler’s checks made payable to the “US Department of State” and money orders made payable to the “US Department of State.”
  • When renewing your passport by mail from Canada, you must pay with a check or money order made payable in US dollars and made payable to a US bank.

Applying for Fresh Passport or Renewing Expired Passport at Passport Agency:

For all fees, the payment mode is,

  • Credit cards (Visa, American Express MasterCard, and Discover) and debit cards with the MasterCard or Visa.
  • Checks (personal, cashiers,certified, travelers) made payable to “US Department of State” Money orders made payable to “US Department of State.”
  • Money (exact amount only- no change will be provided).
  • Prepaid gift or credit card bearing the MasterCard or Visa logo.

Applying from outside the United States:

Overseas applicants should visit the respective US embassy or consulate website to find out what payment methods they accept and how much is a US passport.

Are you renewing your passport from Canada? If yes, you can pay your passport fee by Personal checks or money orders that must be drawn on US financial institutions based in the US and made payable in US dollars. Please do not include 1 or 2 day delivery fees with your payment because State Department cannot return your completed passport to Canada using 1 or 2 day delivery services.

Please keep in mind that State Department does not offer Priority Express Mail to international applicants.

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