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US passport: The cost of your first one could go up to $135

The State Department is planning to increase fees for a US passport. The cost of a renewal could jump to $110.

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Want to see the Eiffel Tower or soak up the sun on a Bermuda beach, but don’t have a passport? It could cost you a little more to get one.

Later this year, the State Department could charge an adult – anyone 16 and older – $135 for a first-time passport. For the past two years, the charge has been $100 (and it was $97 before February 2008).

State Department officials maintain that a 35 percent increase would be a small price to pay for the added convenience and faster passport delivery time, which are resulting from the addition of new passport agencies in Detroit; Dallas; Minneapolis; and Tucson, Ariz. The United States now has 23 regional passport agencies.

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