Change in Consular Fees

The Department of State has published an interim final rule that makes changes to the passport book fees and fees related to the relinquishment of nationality.

On September 26, 2015, the Department of State lowered the passport book application fee by $20 and raised the passport book security surcharge (enhanced border security fee) by $20 to more accurately reflect the cost of each aspect of the passport book service. The amount paid by the customer for a passport book will not change.

In addition, effective November 9, 2015, the Department of State will adjust the processing fee for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality to all U.S. nationals seeking to document relinquishment of nationality. All such U.S. nationals will pay a $2,350 processing fee.

The proposed fee changes have been published in the Federal Register. To view the interim final rule, visit www.regulations.gov and search for RIN 1400-AD71. Comments will be accepted until November 9, 2015. At that time, the Department will consider the public comments, and the published final rule will include the Department’s response to relevant comments received.

Separately, the Department is also decreasing the BCC fee for Mexican citizens under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card(BBC). One of the special immigrant program surcharges (P.L. 113-42), which began on October 4, 2013, stopped on October 4, 2015. The Border Crossing Card (BCC) fee for Mexican citizens under age 15 is now $16.

Because this change to the BCC fee for minors under the age of 15 was already published as a Final Rule on December 31, 2014, there is no public comment period.

The fees for all other consular services will remain the same. Fee information can also be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates.