How Much Does a Passport Cost at the Post Office?
Anyone in need of a passport can obtain an application form from their local Post Office. Most U.S. Post Offices provide application forms, take passport photos, and accept the completed application packets. However, you may have to visit the main post offices in your city rather than one of the smaller ones.
How much is it?
- Two factors affect the cost of getting a passport: the age of the applicant, as well as whether the passport is a passport renewal or if it is the first time being issued to the applicant. If applying for the first time for the passport, the applicant is required to pay a passport application (processing) fee of $75 for those ages 16 years and older and $60 for those 15 years or younger, as well as an execution/acceptance fee of $30. Applying for the passport card costs $10 for children and $20 for adults. It costs about $78 to renew an adult passport.
What is going to be included?
- US citizens planning to travel outside the borders of United States need to possess a U.S. passport that is issued in their name. The Postal Service has products and services that you need to submit a new passport or renewal application.
- Most Post Offices will accept a passport application, and at certain locations, one can have his passport photo taken on-site at an additional fee.
- The U.S. Department of State gives detailed guidelines on the preparation of your passport application as well as other supporting documents. The applicant can fill out and print the passport application online or obtain one when they visit a designated Post Office to have the application submitted. Applicants need two passport photos, a government-issued photo ID, their social security number, a copy of their birth certificate, and all completed forms (Form DS-11) in order to apply for any type of passport.
- During the procedure, the postal clerk checks the application and all of the documents, receives the money, and then gives back your ID. Birth certificates will be in envelopes with your passports at the time they are delivered.
- With multiple Post Office locations accepting passport applications, the U.S. Postal Service does make it convenient for you to apply for your passport. You can pay the passport fee with a check, money order, bank draft, or cashier’s check made payable to U.S. Department of State. The execution fee can be paid in cash or by credit or debit card, check or money order made payable to the US Postal Service.
What are the extra costs?
- The Post Office offers a “check and send service” that checks whether your form is correct, and this costs about $6 above the standard passport fee.
- Passport photos taken at certain U.S. Post Office branches cost about $15.
- To submit the passport application directly (that is in person instead of by mail) to the post office adds an extra $25 processing fee directly to that post office.
- It costs about $1-$20 to send the application through US mail. There are also shipping costs to deliver the passport to you which ranges from $1-$60 depending on the distance you are from the post office.
- Extra fees may also apply in special circumstances that involve citizenship documentation.
Tips to know
- Passports issued to adults (ages 16 years and older) expire in 10 years while passports issued to minors are valid for 5 years from the date of issue unless it is limited by the Secretary of State.
- Remember to allow 3 weeks for your passport to arrive and much longer for first-time applicants. Passport applications must be done in person if you are a first-time applicant as an adult. If you are planning a trip, you should apply for your passport at least two months in advance to make sure you get it on time even if problems arise.
- It is best for both parents to be present in the post office to sign for any child under the age of 16. This is to prevent parental kidnapping. Documentation from the missing parent is required in case both cannot go to the post office.
How can I save money?
- You can submit the passport application by mail if you are not a first-time applicant to avoid paying an extra $25 processing fee.
- Locate a U.S. Post Office near you where you can apply for your passport as this can save you on shipping costs.
- Also, you can wait at least 8 weeks to receive your passports by mail to reduce the possible fees.
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