Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
August 1, 2002
Fees for U.S. Passports To Increase
On August 19, 2002, fees for passport services provided by the U.S. Department of State will change. The changes in fees are necessary to ensure that the Department of State recovers the actual costs of consular services as mandated in 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 22 U.S.C. 4219. The proposed schedule of fees was published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2002 and the final rule was published on May 16, 2002.
The revised fee schedule was determined by a cost-of-service study conducted by an independent contractor working closely with the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. Based on that study, the Department learned that most of our consular fees (including passport fees) were not recovering the true cost of providing services. The changes more accurately reflect the current cost of providing these services.
The fees for first-time adult passport issuance will increase from $60.00 to $85.00 and fees for minors under 16 will increase from $40.00 to $70.00. Adult renewal passport fees will increase from $40.00 to $55.00. The cost of expedited service will increase from $35.00 to $60.00. For other passport information, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at travel.state.gov.
Released on August 1, 2002
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