Starting next Tuesday, the fees for passports old and new will rise exponentially, according to CNN.
Officials recommended the hike after a study showing that the current fees weren't covering the costs. Groups including AAA, United Airlines and the U.S. Travel Association, among others, opposed the increase, saying it would prohibit more Americans from traveling abroad.
But the State Department insists the hike in cost is not as significant as it seems. Plus, all those fancy new security and anti-fraud measures are costly. "New technologies for use in our U.S. passport books and cards must be an ongoing priority if we are to keep one step ahead of the resourceful and technologically savvy criminals, terrorist groups and subversive elements bent on doing our nation harm," Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services told CNN.
The new fees include: $135 for first time passports (from $100); wallet size passport cards will increase from $45 to $55; adding pages to your passport is free now, but will go up to $82; renewal fees will increase to $110 from $75; and the kicker: if you want to renounce your citizenship it will cost you a whopping $450 (it's currently free).
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