Save Money By Checking This Box On Your Next Passport Application
By DeAnna Taylor
Traveling the world seems to be on everybody’s agenda. For any United States citizen looking to travel abroad, you must first apply for a passport. As safety concerns arise and passport requirements change, here’s a simple way you can save money on your next passport application.
The regular passport book comes with 28 pages, 20 of which are actually used for your stamps. But did you know that there is a larger option as well? You can opt to get a larger passport book at no extra cost by simply checking the box on your next passport application. The larger book comes with 52 pages, 44 of which are used for stamps. That’s 24 extra pages to fill up for the same price as a normal passport book.
This comes in handy if you travel frequently, especially if you travel to countries that require a visa. Visas take up full pages by themselves and sometimes the country will also require you to have an additional number of blank pages as well.
While a passport is valid for 10 years, once you fill up all of your pages you have to apply for a new passport all together. Before 2016, you could simply order new pages but that rule is no longer in effect. By choosing to get the larger book you potentially save yourself $110 or more. Even if you don’t think that you will use all 44 pages, it will give you more motivation to travel in hopes of filling it up.
The process for obtaining your passport is very simple:
-Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
-Print your completed application.
-DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. A Postal employee must witness your signature.
-Have a passport photo taken.
-NOTE: Many Post Offices with passport services can also take your photo. Call to confirm your Post Office takes photos.
-Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
-Calculate your fees. (Normally $110)
-Post Offices accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Post Office acceptance fees.
-State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier’s, traveler’s check, or money order, payable to “U.S. Department of State.”
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.