WATCH: Passport Fees Are Going Up This Spring
Find out if you'll be affected by the new changes.
Passport pricing spikes are coming, but before you fret, note that the fee increase doesn't apply to passport renewals done by the mail. Rather, the $10 increase is for what's called the "execution fee," and it's going from $25 to $35 this April 2nd.
The execution fee has to do with the processing for in-person passport applicants. "Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance agent for identity verification and document review," an announcement of the change explains on state.gov.
If you or someone you know is applying for a passport, or a child under the age of 16 is applying for a passport or renewing one (children under 16 must do both of these acts in-person), the $35 fee will apply. This fee only partially covers securing a passport, as the passport card and passport book application fees range from $15 for a child passport card to $110 for an adult passport book (see more pricing information here).
Impacted by the changes? Time to halt the searching for cheap flights to London this summer and gather up ye olde paperwork to get that application process underway.