Get your passport now: feds want to jack up fees into the triple digits

passport
passport

Given our limitations in vacation time and geography, it's already hard enough to get Americans to venture out and see the rest of the big, wide world.

The State Department apparently isn't concerned about helping us integrate into the global village, though, because it's on the verge of pulling the trigger on giant passport fee hikes that far outstrip the rate of inflation.

If the fees go through, first-timers will pay $135 to get their passports, up from $100, and kids will pay $105, up from $85.

Renewals will cost $110 (instead of the current $75), and Passport Cards, which are good for non-air travel, will rise by 50%, from $20 to $30 if you already have a passport book, and to $55 from $45 if you don't.