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U.S. Passport Fees Increase Today

FILE - This May 25, 2021, file photo shows a U.S. Passport cover in Washington. Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department said Wednesday that the wait for a passport is now between 12 weeks and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. That’s because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic that caused extreme disruptions to the process at domestic issuance facilities and overseas embassies and consulates. (AP Photo/Eileen Putman, File)

Beginning today, the price to obtain a U.S. passport increases by $20.  A tweet by the State Department explains the increased fee is necessary to ensure U.S. passports are the most secure documents in the world.

A first-time or replacement adult passport will cost $165, while renewals will cost $130.  Those under 16 years old will pay $135.

The State Department says the current wait time for a passport to be processed is 8 to 11 weeks.

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