Passport and Other Consular Fees Will Reflect Big Changes Tuesday
If you're planning on traveling outside the United States you'll need your passport, and if you need to get one or renew the one you've got, be advised that passport book and card fees will be going up this week. Effective Tuesday, July 13th, a basic passport will cost $135, which is a $35 increase from the current fee.
In addition to passport fee hikes, there are other travel, document, and citizenship-related fee changes that will go into effect on Tuesday. Some consular fees, including applications for certain classes of visa and kinds of judicial processing, will increase dramatically--doubling, and even tripling in cost. There are some fees, however, that are going down, including some consular hourly rates for services rendered.
Also contained within the new consular fees is something that, until now, has been completely free of charge: Renouncing your US Citizenship. As of Tuesday, it will cost you $450 to officially declare you are no longer a US citizen.