US passport fee increase by $20 starting Monday

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FILE – This May 25, 2021, file photo shows a U.S. Passport cover in Washington. (AP Photo/Eileen Putman, File)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– Traveling will soon be a bit more pricey for Americans who needs to apply for or renew their passports.

Starting on Monday, Dec. 27, a US passport book fee will shoot up by $20 for all customers.

“The increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world,” according to a tweet by the State Department.

A first-time or replacement adult passport will cost $165, while passport renewals will cost $130.

Travelers under 16 will pay $135.

The State Department says it now processes applications in 8 to 11 weeks.

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