How Much Does it Cost to Buy a US Passport?
If you were an immigrant seeking citizenship of the United States in 2016, waiting in line could take months and involve going through an intense screening process administered by the State Department to make sure you weren’t financially unstable or a threat to national security; additionally, collecting all required documents would have been essential – but once cleared through you would receive one of 27,370 slots available that year to prospective immigrants.
Acquiring a passport for yourself or your child isn’t as straightforward as waiting in line – you will be subject to both an application fee and execution fee payable to the United States Department of State; totaling an overall cost for adults 16 or older of either $130 for book passports (or $30 for card passports), plus an execution fee of $35.
If you need your passport quickly, an expediting company is one option to consider. These firms typically charge a fee based on how soon your travel plans require it back and will submit your application directly to the State Department, while helping resolve any potential delays that might otherwise cause frustrations along the way. They could save both time and money as well as alleviate unnecessary frustrations during this process.