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Goodall advises of new passport fee increase

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Wilson County Clerk Jim Goodall wants to inform everyone who may be planning a trip out of the U.S. to know that a rate increase for passports will take effect Tuesday, July 13.Goodall said he was notified by the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Agency about the rate hike.“It is my suggestion if you think you will need a passport in the future to come in and apply for one before the rate increase,” he said. “All passport applications submitted to us on or before July 12th will be charged the old rate.”You can download and print passport applications at www.wilsoncountyclerk.com, or come to the Clerk’s office at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon and pick up an application. If you have any questions call 444-0314.The U.S. Passport Book for First Time Applicants and Minors is as follows. For adults age 16 and over, the Passport Fee, payable to the Department of State, is $110. The Acceptance Fee, payable to the Acceptance Facility, is $25. That makes the total First-Time Applicant Fee $135.For Minors under the age of 16, the Passport Fee is $80. The Acceptance Fee is $25. That makes the total $105.The U.S. Passport Card for First Time Applicants and Minors is as follows. For adults age 16 and over the Passport Fee, payable to the Department of State, is $30. The Acceptance Fee, payable to the Acceptance Facility, is $25. That makes the total First-Time Applicant Fee $55.For Minors under the age of 16, the Passport Fee is $15. The Acceptance Fee is $25. That makes the total $40.Other Service Fees include Additional Visa Pages, $82; File Search Fee, $150; and Expedite Processing, $60.The passport fees for adults eligible to apply by mail using form DS-82, “Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail,” are $110 for the passport book and $30 for the passport card.
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