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Heads up!

Starting April 2nd, passport fees will be going up! The U.S. State Department says it is increasing the passport execution fee from $25 to $35 to better cover the costs of processing passport applications.

With this change, adult passport books will cost $145 (instead of $135) and books for children 16 and younger will cost $115 (instead of $105). However, individuals who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase.

The less expensive passport cards, which are good for border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean but are not valid for international air travel, will increase to $65 for adults (instead of $55) and $50 for children (instead of $40).

Go here for more details.

Save on Passport Photos with These Tips:

CVS Photo: Passport Photos are available at thousands of CVS/Pharmacy locations for $13.99. Photo technicians will shoot your photo right there in the store and print them according to strict federal regulations. Go here to print a $2 off coupon with your ExtraCare Card.

Walgreens Photo: Get your picture taken and receive two perfectly sized, professional-quality photos printed in compliance with government regulations at Walgreens Photo for $13.99 – available in 1 hour or less! Go here for ways to save $2 on your photos in-store.

Target: If you already have a digital photo available, you can upload your photo using Target Photo’s passport photo guidelines and they will ship identical copies to you or you can pick up in store! One passport photo order will consist of two (2) identical 2″ x 2″ photos on a 5″ x 7″ sheet for just $9.99.

Walmart: Similar to Target, simply upload a compatible file you have and make any necessary edits you need online. Walmart Photo provides two (2) identical 2″×2″ passport photos on a 4″×6″ sheet starting at $7.44. All 2″×2″ passport photos are printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Photo Paper. Once created, the resulting image can be picked up in one hour in your local store.

Costco: If you’re a Costco member, most Costco Photo Centers can deliver a pair of Passport photos while you shop for only $4.99. Go here for more details.

Sam’s Club: Ever needed last minute passport photos for a trip or important application? Now 1-hour passport photos are available at all Sam’s Club Photo locations and cost just $4.96 for two photos.

(Thanks, Leah!)

Join The Discussion

Comments 98

  1. Michelle

    Thanks for the heads up I need mine before December… so I guess u better get going…

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome Michelle!

  2. Nicole

    I would also highly recommend the Passport Booth app. You can take your own picture and it will format it so it is the correct dimensions. Then you can print wherever you want (including at home) for the cost of a 4 x 6 photo which is usually only a few cents.

    • Tina

      Ditto on the Passport Booth app! I used that last year when I renewed my passport, and I had no problems with the pictures being accepted. The app itself was free, and I think I paid like 9 cents to print the photos — it was awesome!

      • Heather

        When I put the name of this app In, several come up.
        Could you give more of a description of the app?

        • Joy

          For an android phone it is on Google Play Store. Or you can go to passportbooth.com and it will direct you to the app.

    • Natalie

      Yes, I love the Passport Booth app! I used to pay so much for “official” passport pictures at places like CVS or Rite Aid, and one day came across the app in an online post about traveling. I now take pictures at home against a white or cream-colored wall and then print them out at CVS. You can fit at least two passport-sized pictures on a 4×6, and I only pay about 25 cents! It’s the best!!

    • Just passing through

      Thanks! I was hoping someone would mention this since I couldn’t remember the app!!!!

  3. Pakajax

    I’m passing this off to my sister who needs to renew her passport. Nice catch Colin!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      SO glad this information will be helpful for her! 😉

  4. Katie

    Ugh I did not need to hear this 🙁 but thank you so much for informing us of this change. Very important to know.

  5. Lisa

    AAA also has free passport photos if you are a member, however, NOT all locations have this service, so check before going.

    • PrincessMom

      I never knew AAA offered passport photos, thanks for sharing!

    • Janee

      There may be a charge at AAA depending on your level of memebership. I would call your local office to verify cost and if that service is offered there.

  6. Colleen D.

    I just applied for mine and got it in 14 days. Also AAA will do 2 photos for 8.64 with tax.

    • Lisa

      Colleen, where did you get yours from AAA that it cost? Mine are free from AAA. Humm.. maybe they vary by AAA “Club.”

      • Sam

        It might depend on what level membership you have? Mine were also $8.64 plus tax in CA and I have an elite membership

        • Kerry

          Yes with AAA it depends on which type of membership you have. Here is the information directly from their site:
          AAA does take passport photos (Plus-level members receive 1 set per member per year free of charge; Premier-level members receive 4 free sets per household per year; Basic members pay $8 per set and non-members pay $12 per set.) One set includes two pictures.
          Hopefully this helps for those that want to use AAA for passport photos.

  7. wah00153

    I have no intent of international air travel, but we are planning several cruises (Bahamas, Cozumel, etc. leaving from Florida). Is the passport card sufficient for this?

    • Jess

      I think a lot of the cruise lines require a full passport.

    • Lisa

      Wah00153, we frequently cruise and thankfully have had no issues and DO have our passports. One issue you need to be aware of is if you should have an emergency where you need to fly out of a port (medical, etc) and do NOT have a passport, we have read that it may be a nightmare. So I guess in answer to your question, if you like to gamble, you don’t need a passport. We don’t like to gamble and prefer peace of mind. So depends on your comfort level. Happy travels.

      • Carol

        My daughter and her family went on a cruise and they notified the State department of their travel plans. The reason she did this is for medical emergencies. They stopped at several countries and she didn’t want to have to try to find a consulate or embassy if there were medical problems or an accident that required the need to come home right away. They also decided to do the full passport .

    • rebecca

      we are frequent cruisers as well, and i would not go without a passport. the port authority could require different forms of ID at different places, for example if there was a security risk or heightened security in their area. of what if you missed the ship by accident at a port and needed alternative transport? or if there was an emergency and the ship was disabled somehow, requiring different transport home? i’d say not worth the risk to have only passport cards — even if that is sufficient 98 times out of a hundred.
      technically, you could be asked by law enforcement/security to show passports at any time in a foreign country, and you are supposed to have it on your person. this could be at routine security checkpoints within the country, or if you are the victim of a crime, etc.
      often at ports, the Port Authority will not need any special ID, and you can get by without showing anything, though.

    • Chris

      I am a frequent cruiser and I live in FL. What the others have stated is correct. You need a passport if you (or a family member) are put into a situation where you must fly, including getting emergency helicoptered off the ship or off an island. A passport card is NOT enough. Every single cruise I’ve been on has had at least one life threatening emergency. In one case, the only adult with a child had a near death heart attack and was medical-vac-ed off. The child (by themselves) was left in care of the ship staff until they could get to Miami where an adult could take custody. It was horrible. You want passports kids included.

  8. Tori

    Thanks for the heads up. We need to renew my daughters this year.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!

  9. Niki

    I have asked several people of I needed a passport from Port Canaveral Florida to a cruise to Bermuda and dropping off back to Port Canaveral .. does anyone know ?

    • Lisa

      Niki, read my response above. Short answer is no; however…..(again, please read above).

      • Niki

        Thanks Lisa! But I’m only seeing your comment about AAA!?!

        • Lisa

          Sorry, Niki: Wah00153, we frequently cruise and thankfully have had no issues and DO have our passports. One issue you need to be aware of is if you should have an emergency where you need to fly out of a port (medical, etc) and do NOT have a passport, we have read that it may be a nightmare. So I guess in answer to your question, if you like to gamble, you don’t need a passport. We don’t like to gamble and prefer peace of mind. So depends on your comfort level. Happy travels.

    • Chris

      See my comment above also. We’ve sailed out of Port Canaveral 9 times and every single time the ship (Disney) has had at least one life threatening emergency requiring air lift. Passports for all including kids are highly recommended

      • Lisa

        Yikes. 9 out of 9. Odds are not in your favor! Happy cruising. And, yes, I agree, peace of mind.

    • Kelly

      You do NOT need a passport for cruise travel if you leave from a US port and return to a US port. You CAN travel with just a birth certificate. We just did this in December for a Royal Caribbean Mexican cruise out of galveston. Check your cruise company website. We also did this 4 years ago on Carnival. However, like others have stated, if you have a medical emergency you can not immediately leave the country you are visiting.

    • Jenn

      I got off of a Disney cruise yesterday. They would not let anyone on the boat at the beginning without a passport, and we had to go through customs and show our passports when we got back. We went to the Caribbean. You need a passport.

      • Stevie

        We’ve been on 4 Disney Cruises all within the last few years including the Fantasy a few weeks ago and have sailed just fine each time with birth certificates.
        We will be ordering passports soon but they’re not required at this time.

    • Lynn

      I went to the Disney cruise with 2 kids under 4 years old, plus Bahamas and Mexico in 2018. I paid $10 each to obtain a certified copy of my kids’ birth certificates and waited in line for 10 mins to receive the copies on the same day. I paid for these because they have Commemorative Birth Certificates, the 11×14 size. Bringing a copy of their birth certs to the cruise in/out was easy breezy. I will only do passports if we went to Niagara Falls Canada side.

  10. Ph

    If you are a Costco member $4.99

    • Michelle W

      I got mine at Costco as well 😊

  11. Kelly K

    Thanks! Need to get my children’s soon!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)


  12. Simpleton

    I just renewed mine by mail. If you renew by mail you don’t pay the 25.00 fee the post office charges to do it for you. Now the fee is increasing to 35.00. You get the renewal form at the post office and just mail it in a priority envelope which the mail clerk told me to do then it has tracking. Save the soon to be 35.00 and just do it yourself like I did. Also I got photos at Costo for only 4.99 you get 4 although you only need 1. I paid 110.00 for passport plus shipping ( priority mail with tracking) which was 6.70 plus 4.99 for photos which was 121.69 and the mail clerk said I could mail my husbands and mine both in same envelope which also saved on shipping 2 envelopes!

    • Michelle W

      You are correct that doing it yourself does save money by this does only apply to a renewal. If it is for a minor, new passport or a name change those have to be done in person. When we got them for our boys, the wait at the post office for an appointment was more than a month away. We just walked into a local court house that did it and we were in and out in less than 15 minutes.

  13. Marie

    I just took my kids to get passports and had a terrible experience with Rite Aid photo. They were incredibly slow and then when I got to the post office the guy said the pictures they took would likely be rejected. So I paid for the post office to retake photos and returned the Rite Aid ones. Huge hassle and not worth trying to save $20 on the 3 photos! This may be one time to go straight to the pros and not try to save a few $!

    • Lisa

      I had the same experience with the post office telling me my Walmart photos would be rejected on my kids. Paid the post office to retake the photos and returned the originals to WalMart.

    • Van N.

      I also had a similar experience with rite aid last year renewing my daughter’s passport. We had it retaken that same day at the post office. Waste of time and money for us.

    • Elvira

      I’ve never had anyone tell me my pictures would be rejected and I’ve done passports like 8 times now for my family and myself. I’m wondering if the post office is trying to make people buy pictures with them? What was wrong with the pictures? But in my situation I usually do pictures at Costco and then apply at my city hall.

      • rebecca

        you might be right about the USPS location trying to make money off of scaring you into taking more pictures. we took our pictures to USPS to send in for a passport, and the lady there said our photos were NOT compliant and would be rejected — we absolutely were POSITIVE the pictures complied, and fit the requirements on State Department website. we insisted to the postal service clerk to send in what we had, and it was accepted just fine.

  14. Nina

    Thanks Simpleton! Very useful information. And also thanks H2S for the heads up!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome Nina! 😉

  15. Ana

    Costco actually gives you 4 passport photos for $5.00. We have to get Visa’s so that is actually better for us because we need more pictures.

    • Patricia Goff

      I have to look into visas. I will need to move my mother over here in a few years as she is getting to old to live alone in Germany.

  16. Ph

    You need a passport to cruise it doesn’t matter if you leave from Florida, NY, NJ. You are going international Bahamas

    • Michelle

      That is incorrect. No passport is needed if you’re leaving and returning to the same port. Example if your Port is Jacksonville, and you leave from Jacksonville and return to Jacksonville no passport is needed. It doesn’t matter where you’re visiting, it matters where you’re leaving from and returning to.

      • Lisa

        Agree with you, Michelle. Only exception as stated above: We frequently cruise and thankfully have had no issues and DO have our passports. One issue you need to be aware of is if you should have an emergency where you need to fly out of a port (medical, etc) and do NOT have a passport, we have read that it may be a nightmare. So I guess in answer to your question, if you like to gamble, you don’t need a passport. We don’t like to gamble and prefer peace of mind. So depends on your comfort level. Happy travels.

      • Michelle

        I agree too, we cruise every year and my children do not have passports. Regardless, prior to the first time we went I called and asked and Michelle you’re correct, it depends on where you leave from and return to. A card will suffice, but if you have an emergency you’re stuck

        • David

          You absolutely *DO* need a passport to go on many cruises REGARDLESS of where you start end end! This exception some people are talking about only applies for a handful of destinations. Here’s info from Carnival’s website: Passports are required for all travelers, including citizens of U.S. and Canada, who enter or re-enter the United States by air, land or sea.

          Regarding Carnival Cruises to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, there is a notable exception to this US passport rule, pertaining to land and sea crossings for US Citizens.

          • Sara


            That is the travel documentation for US citizens help page on the Carnival website.

            From that help page and regarding closed loop cruises:

            Also acceptable for cruise travel (for cruises that begin and end in a U.S port), U.S. citizens can show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate issued by a government agency and accompanied by a government-issued photo I.D.

  17. Bonnie

    Cool, I was just planning going to Walgreens Wed. to renew mine. Thanks for the heads up & the discount code.

  18. leah

    Something to beware of that I find many traveler’s aren’t aware of. If you are traveling but your passport is set to expire in less than 6 months, you may want to renew before you go. Some countries will deny entry if you have less than 6 months.
    This fall, my brother and SIL were going on a European cruise that had been planned more than a year in advance.
    They were set to fly in to Italy and board their ship there.
    They got to JFK in NY and my SIL did not have more than 6 months until her passport expired so she was denied boarding on the plane. They missed their 10 day cruise.
    Thank goodness she had trip insurance. Hopefully that will help her recoup the thousands of dollars they lost.

    • rebecca

      another thing i learned, some entry points into the US ALLOW expired passports without trouble for US citizens.

  19. Jeremiah2911

    Just wanted to pass this along: I always see people waiting so long at the post office, even with a scheduled appointment. We’ve gotten passports through the city halls we live in and usually there’s no wait at all and same prices! I always recommend going there, but especially if you have kids in tow!

    • je

      Agree. We went to our neighborhood service center and we were the only ones there. It also helped that we went on a weekday.

  20. lissy3676

    This is such a welcomed and timely post for me! My passport is expiring next month and I should really get a new photo. I’ve changed a lot in the last 10 years.

  21. Pat Goff

    I used the passport booths growing up in Germany. Then we took the pictures to the embassy in Frankfurt to get our passports renewed.

  22. Pat Goff

    I also found out that an american passport is not proof of citizenship. When my brother moved here we didn’t have a copy of his birth certificate (had to email the consulate in Frankfurt) and I was told that by many state agencies like Vehicle Registration (or DMV). Though they were surprised when the Judge I worked for found out that if you have a drivers license from 6 different countries you don’t have to take a test for an american drivers license. We just gave them my brothers german license, they made a copy, gave him back the original and gave him his american drivers license.

    • Terry

      Not sure where your info comes from Pat, but a US Passport is most definitely proof of citizenship.

  23. Just passing through

    Some libraries are able to process passport paperwork like the post office does. I randomly found that on google.

  24. Sam

    Ugg, I didn’t know Costco pictures are so cheap. I paid $13 at cvs.

    • leah

      I did too. I was so livid i wrote to CVS corporate. I think that’s the epitome of greed. Photo paper costs maybe .05 cents.

      • AZinOZ

        You’re also paying for the equipment that they have to use, the employee that is processing the photos, and general overhead. Think it’s so cheap? Go start your own passport photo place.

      • Heather

        You chose where to get the photos taken. Not CVS’s fault you found a better price somewhere else later.

  25. v

    Thanks for the heads up. Need to get passports for my kids for this summer.

  26. Renee

    Thanks so much for the heads up. I really need to get this done for my kids.
    I believe adult passports are for 16 AND UP and kids passports are for ages UNDER 16 (not 16 and under as stated above). Kids passports are only good for 5 years, adults for 10. (One of my kids turns 16 right before the increase, so this is super helpful.)

  27. Sylvia

    Just asked last week at Walgreens and the price was $15.99.

  28. TraceyR

    Wish I had thought about Costco for a passport photo; I just went to Walgreens a couple of weeks ago and paid too much! Had to renew mine.

  29. yen

    My passport is not expired but we recently move. However… my kids passport are since they are only good for 5 yrs so i need to get them new one. My question is tho…. do i need to get a new passport too with our new address on it since my kids will have our new address on their passports? We r planning a trip to the philippines. Thanks in advance.

    • Sara

      Addresses aren’t shown on a US passport. You don’t need to renew yours.

    • Elvira

      I wouldn’t change my passport just because the address is old. I’m sure there’s a way to update address with the state department.

    • je

      The address in your passports are hand written by you. It’s recommended to write it in with a pencil so they can be changed. With that said, you don’t need a new passport just because of an address change.

  30. Aaa

    Just went to cvs and got 4 passport photos of $28 plus tax? Does that sound right? Two is $13.99, I thought a second our only cost a few extra dollars.

    • ana

      That is really high, ours were 4.99 at costco for 4 photos. You probably could’ve even gotten them done at the post office for around what you paid. You know, it’s happened to all of us. Live and learn :/

  31. Mel

    Can you renew it if the passport haven’t expired yet?

    • Sara

      Yes but you will lose all remaining validity of your current passport. The new passport’s validity starts immediately upon approval instead of being tacked onto the end of your current passport. Don’t renew until you absolutely have to.

  32. Shannon

    Can you use the passport card to air travel to Canada?

    • seana

      You need an actual passport to travel by air.

  33. seana

    AAA also does passport photos if you are a member. They are pretty inexpensive. I think I paid $8,

  34. Dee

    Thank you for the heads up! We just got our photos done a couple weeks ago through AAA for free, but haven’t gotten around to sending off the applications. Will be doing that ASAP.

    • DSch

      Dee, two other Hipsters said they went to AAA and paid for their passport photos. That’s not been my experience, so wondering if maybe the passport free thingy is a AAA Club exclusive (some clubs do it and some don’t). We are in the Midwest and ours are free.

      • Seana

        I think it depends on what membership you have. We have the lowest which is why we had to pay. I think it’s free w/ other levels.

  35. AWS

    Even if you don’t travel internationally, I live in SC and they are one of 9 states that now need 2 forms of government ID to fly even domestically. Since I’m not military I need a drivers license and a passport just to fly! There’s something non compliant about a SC drivers license. It’s crazy!!!!!

    • AZinOZ

      You’re referring to the REAL ID ACT and there are no states that require something other than a DL at this time. All states have either become complaint or have been granted extensions through October of this year. At that time, the states will have to prove to DHS that they have made the steps necessary to become complaint or are working towards it. The official deadline where everyone will have to have a REAL ID is October 2020.


  36. Michelle

    I just sent my renewal in last week, so I guess it’s a good thing I did! 🙂

  37. Kelly K.

    Thanks for letting us know! Getting ready to need a new one.

  38. sonam

    Hello, Collin
    Thank for letting us know!

  39. ilja

    How do I go about getting a passport for the first time for my 17 month old ? What do I need and where to I go to file it? Thanks!

  40. Lisa

    Thanks for the info. I need a passport before September!

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