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Reminder: Passport fees increase on April 2

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your first passport.

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Get ready to pay more for a passport.

U.S. passport fees are going up $10 on April 2. Passport books will cost $145 for adults and $115 for children 16 and younger.

The less expensive passport cards, which are good for border crossings and travel by sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean but are not valid for international air travel, will increase to $65 for adults and $50 for children.

The price hike is due to an increase in the the passport acceptance, or “execution,” fee. The U.S. State Department says it increasing the passport acceptance fee from $25 to $35 to better cover the costs of processing passport applications.

The $10 increase does not apply to passport renewals by mail.

Application fees, the biggest part of the cost of a passport, are not increasing.

To apply for a passport, visit the State Department’s website.

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