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Passport application fees rising Tuesday

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

The U.S. State Department is increasing its passport application fees on Tuesday.

The fees for people 16 and older will increase from $100 to $135 and for children 15 and younger, from $85 to $105.

For a passport card, the fees will increase from $45 for people 16 and older to $55. For children 15 and younger, the fee will increase from $35 to $40.

The passport card cannot be used for air travel. The card has the same validity period as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, 5 years for children 15 and younger.

The Post Office recommends bringing the following items to help your passport application process go smoothly:

• Bring proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either: a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.)

• Bring proof of identity. This must be either: A previous U.S. passport; a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID.

• The passport application requires two recent identical photographs. If you don’t have photos, photo services are available for $15 for each application payable to the Post Office

• To save time, you can download a passport application at usps.com/pass

port and complete it beforehand. Passport applications must be made in person and cannot be made online.

For more information go to http://www.usps.com/passport or call 1-800-275-8777.