If you don’t have your passport yet, you might want to start your application before April 2.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, the costs processing fees will go up $10, from $25 to $35, on top the $135 fee for an adult passport book.
The fee hike, the State Department says, is due to the increased cost processing applications. “The proposed $10 increase to $35, from the current fee $25, is in line with cost increases for both the Department and United States Postal Service during the past nine years,” according to a final rule recently published in the Federal Register.
While most people think the post fice as the place to get a passport, there are actually many other places that handle the paperwork—“approximately 7,400” in all, according to the final rule. The majority “passport applications are executed before a U.S. Postal Service passport acceptance agent,” according to a State Department announcement the change, but “many are executed before state and local government ficials as well. Approximately 10 percent in-person passport applications are executed before a Department State ficial.” You can also apply at travel industry events, like the Los Angeles Travel Show, where Hilton is sponsoring a passport application pop-up with State Department ficials on hand to help with questions.