Prices for passports increase next week

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 9, 2010

If the cost of a trip abroad doesn’t hit residents’ pocketbooks hard enough, come Tuesday, increasing passport fees will.

Circuit Clerk Roger Powell said the U.S. Department of State has decided to raise the rate of passports.

“They studied it for several months and took public opinion surveys,” he said. “They are going up because of the volume of passports they are having to fill since they are now required to leave the county. They have an enormous influx of passport requests.”

Beginning July 13, adults who apply for their first passport book will have to pay $135, which is up from the current $100 fee.

For minors the cost will increase to $105 from $85.

In addition, the less expensive wallet size passport, which is good for closer to home trips, is increased from $45 to $55 for first-time applicants.

For minors, it will increase $5 to $40.

“We don’t recommend the passport card unless you are only driving across the border,” he said. “If you go on a cruise and get sick you cannot fly home, but you can with the book.”

For those who need to add more visa pages, the cost is increasing from free to $82.

And the renewal fee will fries to $110 from the current $75.

For those who want to renounce their U.S. citizenship there will be a $450 price tag.

Powell said he is encouraging those who know they will be getting a passport to go ahead and do so today or Monday in order to save a little money.