The Department of State has published a notice of proposed rulemaking that notifies the public of the intention to change the passport execution fee.
The Department of State intends to raise the passport execution fee by $10, from $25 to $35.
The passport execution fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance agent for identity verification and document review. The majority of these passport applications are executed before a U.S. Postal Service passport acceptance agent, and many are executed before state and local government officials as well. Approximately 10 percent of in-person passport applications are executed before a Department of State official.
The Department of State generally sets consular fees at an amount calculated to achieve recovery of the costs to the U.S. government of providing the consular service. The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs determines the cost of each service through a Cost of Service Model. The most recent update to the Cost of Service Model showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25. A similar study conducted by the U.S. Postal Service came to the same conclusion. In both cases, the studies showed that the cost of the passport execution service was close to $35. The Department seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees.
The proposed fee change was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on September 19, 2016. Comments will be accepted until November 18, 2016, 60 days after the Notice’s publication. At that time, the Department will consider the public comments, and the published final rule will include the Department’s response to relevant comments received. The passport execution fee change will take effect at some point no earlier than 30 days after publication of the fee change as a Final Rule in the Federal Register.
Interested parties may submit comments to the Department by any of the following methods:
Visit the Regulations.gov website at: http://www.regulations.gov and search for the Regulatory Information Number (1400-AD71) or docket number DOS-2014-0016.
Mail: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Comptroller, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/C), SA-17 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-1707.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the RIN (1400-AD81) in the subject line of your message.
All comments should include the name, organization, if applicable, and the address of the commenter. If the Department is unable to read a comment for any reason, and cannot contact the commenter for clarification, the Department may not be able to consider a comment.