Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Travel  > Passport

Passport Cost


How Much Does a Passport Cost?

 
low costLow: Passport Card $25-$50average costMedium: Passport $75-$115high costHigh: Expedited $135-$425+
post E-mail post Post  

Travelers must have a current government-issued United States passport booklet (the small multipage blue book) to travel anywhere outside the borders of the US by air. These passport booklets also work for land and sea travel, but land or sea visitors to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, visitors can get a less expensive passport card. Passport cards cannot be used for any international air travel.

Both passport booklets and passport cards work as photo ID both inside and outside the United States.

Typical costs:

  • The total cost to get photos and apply for a passport can run $50-$175. The Department of State Passport Fees website breaks down all the standard government fees.
  • Breaking down the specific costs, the application fee for a passport booklet is $75 for adults (16+) and $60 for children. Applying for a passport card costs $20 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Applicants must also submit two 2-inch by 2-inch color photos with the passport application. Passport photos cost about $15, and can be taken at certain branches of the US Post Office, FedEx and UPS stores and photography studios. Read the photo section of the Department of State website to get information about passport photos.
  • To submit a passport application directly (in person rather than by mail) to a passport processing center or post office adds a $25 processing fee directly to that center or office. Applications must be conducted in person if applying for a first passport as an adult. See the State Department's information for first-time applicants[1] .
Related articles: Around-the-World Airline Ticket, Travel Insurance

What should be included:
  • A blue vinyl-covered passport booklet. AND/OR a passport card, the size and shape of a credit card.
  • For renewals, the expired passport booklet will be returned.
Additional costs:
  • Getting a passport in about 2-3 weeks, adds a $60 expedite fee.
  • Independent passport and visa processing services can help applicants get a passport in as few as 48 hours without standing in long lines. These services charge additional fees from $45-$250 for their assistance, depending on how soon the passport is needed. These fees usually do not include shipping or government processing fees, which must be paid separately.
  • Visas for certain types of travel to certain countries cost extra, from $50-$300 and up. Contact the Embassy or Consulate of the destination country as far in advance as possible for prices, forms, phone numbers, and other information. Find a list of embassies at the State Department's Travel website.
  • If running out of visa/stamp pages in the passport booklet, new pages can be added for free. (Note that "long" passports are no longer available.) Apply for pages using the online form.
  • Shipping for a passport renewal application costs from about $1 up to $60. It costs $1-$20 to send an application via US mail. FedEx overnight priority shipping costs about $15-$30 each way.
Discounts:
  • Plan far in advance to save money. Waiting a minimum of 8 weeks to receive passports by mail can reduce the possible fees.
Shopping for a passport:
  • Applicants need passport photos, a copy of their birth certificate, a government-issued photo ID, and completed forms to apply for any kind of passport. The travel.state.gov[2] website lists the needed documents.
  • Many US Post Offices can take passport photos, provide application forms, and accept completed application packets. Check the USPS Locator page[3] for the nearest post office that accepts passports.
  • . To apply for a passport booklet using online forms, visit the Department of State Form 847[4] website.
  • The Department of State provides a way to apply online[5] .
  • If using a passport processing/expediting service either locally or online, check the firm with the Better Business Bureau[6] to find a service with a good reputation. Most passport expedite companies work with clients online.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Passport
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
  2.  travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
  3.  usps.whitepages.com/passport
  4.  travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html
  5.  travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html
  6.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews
More Travel Topics
Check Out All Costs for Travel How Much Does Theme Park Admission Cost? How Much Does Attending the Kentucky Derby Cost? How Much Does an Around-the-World Airline Ticket Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brazillian Knot
Paid: 275.00
I tried brazillian knot for the first time and it hurt soooo bad!!!! Never Again!!! I had to cut them out right away. I kept them in for 2 days and then that was it, I could not take it... [more]
-annejevas2
Hair Extensions Cost
Sleep Study
Paid: 6400.00
Wow what a rip off will never go to that hospital again. I will go shopping for my next procedure... [more]
-
Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost
Cost of a deck
Paid: 5000.00
I was wondering if I paid to much for my 10X25 rectangle deck with treated wood? It has 3 stairs about 3 feet in width and 25 feet of railings... [more]
-LB
Deck Cost
Rabbit costs
Paid: 10.00
The dwarf cross, Sunday(male, neutered) was a CL freebie. Womans cat brought 2 approx 3-4 wk old babies, dont know where mother was. He was soooo tiny, dehydrated, & a bit cold... [more]
-shawnna Stone
Rabbit Cost
MRI FH Outpatient/CT FH Outpatient
Paid: 319.80
MRI Amount billed by hospital $9025.82!!!!!January 2014CT FH- outpatient - billed $5146... [more]
-Janie D
MRI Cost
Is my pricing high?
Paid: 1400.00
Just saw the dentist today. Informed I am in need of two extractions and two bone graphs. My insurance does not cover bone grafts... [more]
-
Dental Bone Graft Cost