Source: NwoReport

WASHINGTON D.C.: The price of a U.S. passport rose by $20 on December 27, at a time when Americans are paying higher prices for many goods and services.

The State Department said on Twitter that the increased fee “is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”

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In a follow-up tweet, it added that the fee increase applies to all passports, including renewals.

The cost of a first-time adult passport book will now be $165, made up of a $130 application fee and a $35 acceptance fee. The price for renewing an adult passport is now $130, while the price of a minor’s passport for those under age 16 is now $135, consisting of a $100 application fee and a $35 acceptance fee.

The price increases for those applying for a passport come amidst reports of long waits for processing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. State Department said that passport applications take some eight to 11 weeks to process, and expedited processing for an additional fee of $60 is taking about five to seven weeks, urging travelers to “plan ahead and apply early” if they know they need a passport for travel.