News about passports from the USA
Getting a passport
Sunday, March 18, 2007
There are three ways to get a new passport or replace or renew the one you have. Keep in mind new travel rules have increased demand and turnaround time for passports. Basic cost of a new adult passport is $97, which includes a $67 application fee and a $30 execution fee.
Regular application: First-timers must apply in person. Head to a passport acceptance facility to find all the required documents and fees. Locally, this means going to the post office. Wait 10 weeks. In some cases you can renew by mail - see if you qualify and download the necessary form online (see below).
Expedited application: For an extra fee ($60) and overnight shipping costs, wait time is reduced to 3-4 weeks.
**Yes they do take this long now because of the new rules for needing ones to get to canada and mexico by plane now...this really sux..glad I got mine redone when I did...right before all this started.