Before jetting off to Germany or soaking up some sun in Tahiti, now's the time to get passports in order before fees increase.
Starting July 13, rates for applications and renewals, as well as additional pages, are going up. For people older than 16, the renewal cost increases to $110 from $75, and the first-time cost will be $135 instead of $100. Fees for children will also be raised.
Those well-traveled Americans who are down to the last few spaces in their passports will be charged $82 for additional pages; earlier the U.S. State Department hadn't charged to bulk up the book.
The State Department says it is raising rates due to increased security, services and consulate costs. For a complete breakdown of the fee increases, check out this detailed chart.
Don't have a trip planned? It still is worth it to take care of passport issues now. Adult passports are valid for 10 years; children younger than 16 need a new one every five years. Plus, with a passport in place, you can take advantage of the next Top 20 or Newsflash deal that catches your eye.
Find places to apply on the State Department's website.
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