The fee for a U.S. passport book will increase by $20 on December 27, 2021, the Department of State (DOS) announced, attributing the rise to a need “to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”
As examples, the current fee for renewing a U.S. passport book by mail is $110; as of December 27, that fee will rise by 18.2% to $130.
DOS also said it plans to launch its long-awaited online passport renewal system by fall 2022. The system is undergoing pilot-testing by federal employees and contractors. President Biden issued an executive order on December 13, 2021, requiring a system that does not require physical documents to be mailed.
- “Fees for U.S. Passports Are About to Pop Way Up,” Dec. 22, 2021
- Tweet from Dept. of State, Dec. 20, 2021
- “Apply Early and Save,” Dept. of State
- Passport fee chart (current fees before Dec. 27)
- Dept. of State fee calculator
- “State Dept. Expects Long-Awaited Online Passport Renewal System to Launch by Fall 2022,” Federal News Network, Dec. 17, 2021
- Executive Order, White House, Dec. 13, 2021