Jul 08 2010

US Passport prices going up on Tuesday


So if you’ve been meaning to get yours…hop to it! The new rates are here. Total fee for adults will be $135 (until Tuesday it’s $100), and for people age 16 and under, it’s $105 (until Tuesday, it’s $85). That’s big money if your whole family needs a passport.

I still don’t have one, and neither does Johnny. I don’t know that I’ll be able to get it done this weekend, but maybe? I hear Niagara Falls is so much prettier from Canada. And I certainly hope to go on a cruise sometime soon!

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8 Responses to “US Passport prices going up on Tuesday”

  1. If you don’t have plans to go overseas but might wanna go to Mexico/Canada, you might check out this thing they also now have called a “passport card.” It basically looks like a national ID card (as opposed to the local, state driver’s license IDs) that can be used on the North American continent. And it’s just half the price of a normal passport!

  2. That one might be a good option. I don’t know if it works for Caribbean locations or what (I will need to look that up) but I might want to be able to go there or somewhere tropical. I dunno. I need a vacation of some kind!

  3. You MUST go read this post!!!! http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/07/a-dream-come-true-paying-cash-for-our-first-home.html

  4. Lisa — I’m a long-time MSM reader! Didn’t miss it :)

  5. Just remember that Johnny’s passport will only be good for 5 years. Unless you’re sure you’ll take him out of the country with you in the next 5 years, it might save you money to wait. (Wouldn’t it be cheaper/more romantic to leave the kiddos with grandparents while you and Shane go cruising on your own? :)

  6. The passport card will definitely work in the Caribbean. I looked into it when we flew to the DR this past March. However, it only works at ports – if you plan on flying into any of these places, you’ll need the passport book. That was my understanding, anyways.

    Yikes, the new prices are expensive! I’m glad we already got ours!

  7. First of all, thanks for the big heads up about the rate increase! We just decided to plan a cruise for next year’s vacation and would be needing the passports for that. You just saved me a bunch of money and also got me off my hiney so we would have the passports in plenty of time before the trip! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Second. We just discussed with the woman at the county clerk’s office about why we should go with the book vs. the card. We had planned on doing the books but was curious if one was really better than the other. As someone else already pointed out to you , the cards aren’t usable if you plan to fly, they only work in ports or if you are driving (like if you were going to Canada) So for most cruises it would seem unnecessary. But what she did point out was that while you may not plan on traveling by air when taking a cruise, things do happen. And if you only have the card, flying is not an option. For example, say you were on the cruise and there was an emergency and you had to fly out of the next port you docked at…due to unexpected weather tragedies, family death or illness. If this happened you would not be able to take a flight from that port. You would be grounded. So while I don’t want to be pessimistic, I don’t want to take a chance. Just thought I’d share.

    Thanks again for the heads up! I knew I loved your blog!!!

  8. Glad I could save you some money! That’s why I’m here :)

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