January 9, 2019
CHICAGO IL — Postal Service passport facilities continue to provide services to customers as normal during the federal government shutdown including 33 USPS locations in Chicago. The U.S. State Department is still processing passport applications, the agency announced last week. Processing times remain 4-6 weeks for routine service and 2-3 weeks for expedited service.
Passport fees are $145 total for adults (16 years and older) (a separate payment of $35 to the Postal Service for its processing fee, and $110 payable to the Department of State for the passport application fee.) For persons under 16, the total cost is $115, which includes a $35 processing fee to the Postal Service and $80 payable to the State Department. The Postal Service also offers a passport photo service at a cost of $15.
The application must be paid by cash or check. Credit or debit cards, as well as cash or checks, may be used to cover the cost of photos and acceptance fees.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.