Posted by Service Officer on 31st January 2008
THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
U.S. PASSPORT FEE CHANGES
Beginning February 1, 2008, the Department of State will institute a new fee schedule for passport (book style) services. Fees are being adjusted to cover the cost of providing efficient and secure passport services. The new passport fees are as follows: The passport fee for first-time adult applicants (age 16 and older) will be $100. For adult applicants eligible to renew a passport using Form DS-82, the fee will be $75. For children under age 16 the fee will be $85. Minors under the age of 16 are eligible to receive a 5-year passport. Adult applicants (age 16 and older) are eligible to receive a 10-year passport.
THE NEW U.S. PASSPORT CARD
U.S. citizens may begin applying in advance for the new U.S. Passport Card beginning February 1, 2008, in anticipation of land border travel document requirements. We expect cards will be available and mailed to applicants in spring 2008. The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport.
The passport card is by definition a passport and will be considered proof of U.S. citizenship. The card may not, however, be used to travel by air. The passport card will otherwise carry the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and will be adjudicated to the exact same standards. The card will have the same period of validity as the passport book: ten years for an adult (age 16 and older), and five years for children 15 years and younger. If you already have a passport book, you may apply for the card as a passport renewal and pay only $20. The fee for a first-time adult applicant will be $45. The fee for a minor applicant under the age of 16 will be $35.