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PASSPORT EXECUTION FEE CHANGE - REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

The Department of State (hereinafter referred to as the Department) will soon publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to raise the passport execution fee from $25 to $35.  The Department will receive comments on the proposed fee change for 60 days after the NPRM is published. After the public comment period, the Department will publish a Final Rule.  The fee change will take effect no sooner than 30 days after the Final Rule's publication.  At that time, the Department will announce the effective date of the fee change, and update the Schedule of Fees. 

The Department seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees.  The proposed amendment to the Schedule of Fees for the passport execution fee is based on our most recent review of consular costs and fees, as well as the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) review of its costs for the same service.  The Department last adjusted the passport execution fee in February 2008.   

The Department will arrange for the Federal Register to publish the NPRM, which invites the public to comment on the fee change, for 60 days.  After the 60-day comment period has ended, the Department will publish a Final Rule that reviews and addresses relevant public comments in order to establish the new fee.  The Department may alter the proposed fee change depending on its analysis of the comments received. 

Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed passport execution fee change must submit their comments to the Department directly – not to the Embassy nor the Consulates General – in one of the following manners:

- Visit the Regulations.gov website at: http://www.regulations.gov and search for the RIN, 1400-AD81.

- Mail (paper):  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:  fees@state.gov.  The commenter must include the RIN (1400-AD81) in the subject line of the message. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is passport execution fee?
Answer: The passport execution fee, established pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 214(a), is charged to passport applicants applying on Form DS-11 to recover the costs of executing the passport application, such as administering the oath, verifying the applicant’s identity, and transmitting the applications.  The fee appears at Item 1 of the consular schedule of fees, 22 CFR 22.1. The execution fee must be paid at the time of application execution (22 CFR 51.51).  

Question:  When does the new passport execution fee go into effect?Answer:  The passport execution fee change will take effect no earlier than 30 days after the Final Rule is published.  After the NPRM is published, the public will have 60 days to comment on the fee change.  The Department will respond to comments before resubmitting to OMB for final review.  The Department will then make the necessary revisions and submit the Final Rule for publication.

Question:  Why is the passport execution fee changing?
Answer:  The Department of State generally sets consular fees at an amount calculated to recover the costs to the U.S. government of providing the consular service.  Our annual determination of the costs of consular services showed that the costs associated with passport execution have increased from the previous fee of $25.  The U.S. Postal Service's' cost study showed a similar increase in cost.  Therefore, the Department is increasing the passport execution fee by $10, to $35, to reflect the cost of this service. 

Question:  Can I comment on this fee?
Answer:  Comments on the passport execution fee will be accepted until 60 days after publication of the NPRM.  At that time, the Department will consider the public comments, and the published Final Rule will include the Department's response to any comments received.  Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed fees must submit their comments to the Department directly – —not to posts – —in one of the following manners:

- Visit the Regulations.gov website at: http://www.regulations.gov and search the RIN, 1400-AD81.

- Mail (paper): 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: fees@state.gov. You must include the RIN (1400-AD81) in the subject line of your message.