You May Want To Renew Or Apply For Your U.S. Passport By April 1st
If traveling more is on your “to do” list for the New Year I would suggest you don’t waste any time and get your U.S. Passport because it’s going to cost, you a little more by April 2nd.
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KSAT ABC 12 reports the U.S. Department of State published a rule on Wednesday (January 31st) that will increase passport execution by $10 beginning on April 2nd which means the new fee will go up to $35.
The Department of State generally sets consular fees at an amount calculated to achieve recovery of the costs to the U.S. government of providing the consular service. The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs determines the cost of each service through a Cost of Service Model. The most recently approved update to the Cost of Service Model showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25. A similar study conducted by the U.S. Postal Service came to the same conclusion. In both cases, the studies showed that the cost of the passport execution service was close to $35. The Department seeks to recover for the U.S. government, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees.
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