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Increase in passport acceptance fees in April

The Department of State has made final adjustments to a new rule to raise the acceptance fee for passport books and cards from $25 to $35. In accordance with the Congressional Review Act, this rule is effective on April 2, 2018. There are 7,400 acceptance facilities throughout the United States, including post offices, clerks of court, and at your local James V. Brown Library.

The fee increase compensates acceptance facilities for the staff time, training, materials and postage required to accept applications on behalf of the Department of State. Despite regular postal increases over the years, the acceptance fee has remained the same for over nine years. To avoid paying a higher acceptance fee, your passport must be executed before April 2.

A U.S. passport is valid for ten years for adults and five years for a minor. Both U.S. passport books and cards comply with the REAL ID law passed by Congress to establish a federal security standard across state identification cards. REAL ID compliant ID cards will not be available to residents until spring of 2019. Pennsylvania was granted an extension through October 10 — and is awaiting further extensions leading into 2019. During this time you may continue to use a current valid PA license to enter federal facilities and board domestic commercial flights.

The James V. Brown Library accepts passport applications from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.jvbrown.edu for more information or call us with questions at 570-326-0536.

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