Price for Passport Going Up

Procrastinators take note: If you were planning on getting a passport do it now or you'll pay more.

On July 13, fees for new and renewal passports and a bunch of other passport-related services are going up.

The new fees are based on a cost study from June of last year, the State Department said in a press release.

Apply for a new passport now and you'll pay $100, but on July 13, that fee rises to $135, and a renewal increases from $75 to $110 (including a $25 administrative fee).

The price for new passports for kids (under age 16) increases from $85 to $105.

You need a passport or other official document to visit foreign countries.

The price for a passport card, which you can use in lieu of a passport to travel by land or sea to Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico, is jumping $10 from $45 to $55. For kids, it rises to $40, up from $35.

Prices for visas for foreigners are also going up next month.

The State Department said the adjusted fees are based on a Cost of Service Study last year that "established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered through collection of fees. "

For a complete list of the new fees click here.

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