In the USA, Saturday March 27, 2010 will be “Passport Day” sponsored by the US State Department.
This is a day when Americans can apply for or renew passports (passport book) without needing an appointment.
If you have any inclination to get a passport, or might be traveling outside of the United States, my suggestion would be to do it NOW.
Within the next 2-3 months, the fees for passports and passport cards are expected to increase.
Some of the proposed passport fee increases are:
$100 to $135 for a new adult passport.
$75 to $110 for a renewal adult passport.
$0 to $82 to add passport book pages. Yes, you read that correctly. It is currently FREE!
There are cheaper passport cards, but those have special limitations. You can travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda with passport cards but ONLY by land or sea. You cannot fly to these destinations with a passport card. At that point you would need a regular passport book.
In summary, if you need to do anything with your passport, plan on at least applying for it in person or dropping it in the mail before March 27 to beat any fee increases.
To find the US passport location nearest you open on Passport Day, fees and passport applications click here
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