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Applying for a US passport is now more expensive

On Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, US passport fees rose by $20. The increase applies to all US passports, including renewals. The State Department said the price increase “is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”  The cost of a first-time adult passport book now costs $165 and the price to renew an adult passport is now $135. Along with increased passport fees, pandemic-era travelers reported other issues such as new variants disrupting the travel industry. Since Christmas Eve, more than 2,000 flights have been canceled due to crew shortages from the spike in covid-19 cases.