The Department of State seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services around the world through the collection of consular fees. The Department has proposed raising the passport execution fee from $25 to $35. The execution fee applies to first-time applicants, children, and those replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged passport who must appear in person before an agent authorized by the Secretary of State to give oaths to verify passport applications. The proposed amendment to the Schedule of Fees for the passport execution fee is based on our most recent review of consular costs and fees, as well as the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) review of its costs for the same service. The Department last adjusted the passport execution fee in February 2008.
The Department invites the public to comment on the fee change, through November 18, 2016. After the 60-day comment period has ended, the Department will publish a Final Rule that reviews and addresses relevant public comments in order to establish the new fee. The Department may alter the proposed fee change depending on its analysis of the comments received. The fee change will take effect no sooner than 30 days after the Final Rule’s publication.
Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed passport execution fee change must submit their comments to the Department directly – not to posts – in one of the following manners:
- Visit the Regulations.gov website at: http://www.regulations.gov and search for the RIN, 1400-AD81.
- Mail: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Comptroller, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/C), SA-17 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-1707.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The commenter must include the RIN (1400-AD81) in the subject line of the message.