The cost of obtaining a U.S. passport can vary depending on several factors. As of 2023, the basic fee for an adult (age 16 and older) first-time passport book is $130. For children under 16, the fee is $100. However, these costs are just for the passport itself.

In addition to the passport fee, there is also an execution (acceptance) fee of $35 that applies to all first-time applicants and certain others (for example, those who are renewing a passport issued when they were under 16). This fee is paid separately from the passport fee and is retained by the facility where you submit your application, such as a post office or clerk of court.

If you need your passport in a hurry, expedited service is available for an additional $60. This service reduces the processing time from the standard 6-8 weeks to about 2-3 weeks. If you need it even faster, you may be able to get expedited service at a passport agency or center, but this requires proof of immediate international travel within 2 weeks (or 4 weeks if you also need to obtain a visa), and an appointment.

There are also optional fees for services such as overnight delivery of your new passport ($19.53 as of 2023), file search ($150 if necessary to confirm your previous passport status), or a passport card (an alternative to the passport book for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda; $30 for adults, $15 for children under 16).

In more detail

To find out how much it costs to get a passport on travel.state.gov, follow these steps:

  • 1. Open your web browser and type in “www.travel.state.gov” in the address bar at the top of the page. Press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  • 2. Once you’re on the homepage of the website, look for the section titled “U.S. Passports” on the top left side of the page. Click on this section.
  • 3. A drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, select the option that says “Apply For or Renew My Passport.”
  • 4. After clicking on this option, you will be directed to a new page. On this page, look for the section titled “Passport Fees.”
  • 5. Click on “Passport Fees.” This will take you to a page that provides detailed information about the costs associated with obtaining a passport.

The cost of getting a passport can vary depending on several factors. These factors include the type of passport you’re applying for (passport book, passport card, or both), your age, whether it’s your first passport or a renewal, and the processing speed you choose.

Additional resources

The U.S. Postal Service website offers details on passport application acceptance facilities, many of which are located in post offices.

The Federal Trade Commission’s website provides consumer advice on avoiding scams related to passport services.

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