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This Saturday is Passport Day in the USA: Apply for a US passport, it’s never been easier

The U.S. Department of State’s Passport Day in the USA is this Saturday, April 9. This is the one day of the year that regional passport agencies and acceptance facilities across the country are open for extended Saturday hours, and no appointment is necessary to apply for a U.S. passport.

If you don’t have a passport, this Saturday is the perfect day to get one. Even if you don’t plan to leave the country, having a passport is an excellent form of identification. In fact, you never know when it will come in handy. You can look up the nearest location to apply for a passport on the State Department’s website. But before you head there, you do need to be prepared with some documentation.

Swing over to our passport tab to find out how and what you need to apply for a passport. Or you can watch the video the State Department put together about Passport Day in the USA. And if you have any questions, leave them in a comment on this post and I’d be happy to answer them!

Passport and visa pages fees to increase: What you should know

The U.S. Department of State is raising passport fees on July 13. Here’s a breakdown of the increases.

  • Adult: $100 to $135
  • Adult renewal: $75 to $110
  • Minor: $85 to $105
  • Additional visa pages: $0 to $82 

We covered how the Department of State was contemplating these increases back in March. The public was given a period of time to submit comments, during which the American Society of Travel Agents and other organizations expressed concerns over the proposed increases.

As you can see above, the biggest jump comes in the additional visa pages category. Visa pages are the pages in your passport that are stamped every time you enter and exit a country.

In some cases, you need to get a visa prior to visiting a country, and this is where it is pasted. Other times, the visa is stamped into your passport upon arrival at your destination. In any case, you need blank visa pages in order to enter another country.

If you don’t travel that often, you’ll probably never have to order more. But if you travel out of the U.S. once a year or more, you might need more blank visa pages before your passport expires.

If you have fewer than four pages left in your passport, make sure you order more before July 13 to avoid having to pay the new fee, otherwise you’ll soon have to pay $82 for the pages that cost nothing today. Until July 13, you’ll only have to pay for shipping, unless you want your visa page additions expedited.

It’s very simple to request extra pages. Just fill out Form DS-4085 and mail your passport along with the form to the address listed on it. When you package your personal documents, use a Tyvek envelope or a plastic bag to make sure they stay dry. You’ll want to use a traceable delivery method such as FedEx. You don’t want to risk losing your passport in the mail!

Once it’s sent, your passport will be returned with more visa pages in four to six weeks. If you don’t have a passport as of yet, flip back to a previous post where I show you how to apply for a U.S. passport. You only have one week left before fees go up, so get moving!