How US Passport Fees Have Increased Since 2000 [NEW Study]

how US passport fees have changed in the past two decades

Chances are, the word inflation already gives you the willies.

For one, it’s all over the media.

Two, it’s why a gallon of milk now costs $4.38, and gas is up 59.9% compared to 2021.

But—

Did you know that US passport fees have also increased quite a bit over the past 2+ decades? 

Scroll on to find out just how much.

A Glimpse Into the Past: How Prices Have Changed Over the Years

Now—

To see how much of a change there has been, we’ve examined publicly available data on the application and execution fees for first-time adult passport books between 2000 and 2022.

We then used an inflation calculator to give you the equivalent price of getting a passport in a given year in today’s money.

See our findings below:

YearApplication and Executions Fees (First-Time Adult Passport Book)In Today’s Dollars
2022$165$165
2021$145$143
2020$145$149
2019$145$151
2018$135$143
2017$135$147
2016$135$150
2015$135$152
2014$135$152
2013$135$154
2012$135$156
2011$135$160
2010$100$122
2009$100$124
2008$100$124
2007$97$124
2006$97$128
2005$97$132
2004$85$120
2003$85$123
2002$60$89
2001$60$90
2000$60$93

Here’s also a neat chart to help you visualize the change:

how US passport fees have changed in the last 20 years

As you can see, application and execution fees for a first-time adult passport book in the United States have increased by 77% compared to the year 2000 after the inflation adjustment. Interestingly, the biggest fee change was between 2010 and 2011 when the prices went up by a record $35: from $100 to $135.

The State Department’s explanation for continually increasing passport fees is that it’s a necessary measure “to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”

On the upside, the US passport remains one of the most powerful in the world, which means you can visit 186 destinations visa-free. And with the COVID-19 pandemic receding into the background, it might be the perfect moment to hit the road.

Stacking It All Up

There you have it!

A comprehensive look at how US passport fees have changed over the last 2+ decades.

Now—what do you think of these fee changes? Are they growing too heavy on travelers’ wallets?

Let us know in the comment section below.

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