U.S. passport price increases

Posted July 14, 2010, at 11:26 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The cost to apply for a U.S. passport increased Tuesday from $75 to $110 for adults and from $60 to $80 for those under age 16. Costs for passport cards also increased from $20 to $30 for adults and from $10 to $15 for minors.

“We had quite a few people come in the last week” to get passports and passport cards at the lower cost, Pam Ryan, Brewer’s assistant city clerk, said Wednesday. “The passport fee itself went up $35.”

Brewer has been a U.S. Passport acceptance agency for several years and notified residents about the change in costs on the city’s website.

The relatively new passport card is a wallet-sized card designed for land and sea crossings to Canada and Mexico, Ryan said.

“A lot of people get the card to travel to Canada to visit relatives,” she said. It’s also used by “people that have kids that play hockey” in Canada, she added.

Those traveling by boat to the Caribbean and Bermuda also can use the passport card, but it cannot be used for air travel.

The new fee costs are:

• Adult passport book, passport fee $110, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total of $135 to those age 16 and over.

• Adult passport card, passport fee, $30, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total $55, to those age 16 and over.

• Both the adult passport book and card, passport fee, $140, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total $165, to those age 16 and over.

• Child passport book, passport fee $80, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total of $105, for those age 15 and under.

• Child passport card, passport fee $15, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total of $40, for those age 15 and under.

• Both the child passport book and card, passport fee, $95, plus an execution fee of $25 for a total $120, for those age 15 and under.

Those who want information about passport applications can go to the U.S. Department of State’s website at: travel.state.gov/passport.

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