State Department to Increase Passport Fees Effective March 8, 2005

Beginning March 8, a passport security surcharge of $12 will be
collected on ALL passport applications, according to the U.S. State Department.

This surcharge will fund multiple security enhancements in the U.S.

The $12 surcharge will be collected along with the regular passport
application fee of $55 for those 16 and older (total fee $67) and $40
for those under age 16 (total fee $52) for routine service. The $30
execution fee (payable to the processing agent) and $60 expedite fee
will remain the same.

The surcharge will also support the cost of upgrading passport delivery
from First Class Mail to Priority Mail. Customers will still have the
option to purchase two-way overnight delivery at an additional cost.

Also effective March 8, the fee to search Department of State records
to verify an applicant’s U.S. citizenship is being increased from $45 to

More on passports:

Lesley Pease
Maps & Government Information Department
3rd floor, E.S. Bird Library

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