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Old 06-06-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Chris Meyers View Post
Im not debating we need a passport. Im telling you sticking outrageous fees to a paper booklet is a travesty to our populace. And since this is America we can actually talk about this as an issue and someday fix it. I mean countries in Europe charge upto 50% less.
I'm sure you're just anti-government and you'll find fault anywhere you can.

The price isn't outrageous at all. People spend more everyday on less important things. That little booklet comes with an entire infrastructure that tracks and maintains records travel and movement of citizens, tourists, and other non citizen visitors to the country.
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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It is not the pics that is expensive-it is the passport themselves. We were going to get passports a few years ago. We have a good camera so we can take pics ourselves but when we went to get the passports we were knocked down by the prices. $110 for the book and $30 for the card. If you want both it is $140. We decided not get a passport then. We still need to get one.



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Considering your passport is good for 10 yrs, that $100 averages to $10 a year. Those $12 photos, good for 10 yrs, cost you a whopping $1.20 a yr. If your photos get returned, had that happen once, the store will redo them for free.


I don't call $12.20 a yr an 'outrageous fee'..it's a cheap price to pay to able to travel the world.
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You know, I paid $90 for my passport (book only) twenty five years ago. Seeing as it has only risen in price by twenty bucks since then seems reasonable to me. I mean, the 7 Layer burrito from Taco Bell has more than doubled in price since then. Yup, definitely got my "$9/year" worth out of it
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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About 46 percent of US citizens have a valid passport.

link. How Many Americans Have A Passport? | TheExpeditioner Travel Site

I don't know why having a passport is such a controversial thing in the US.

To me it is a natural thing to want to travel outside of your own country, ergo a passport is a requirement if you are going on a trip to another country.

Jim B.
To answer your question above in bold, it is because because it is:

A. A Federal Document and what is next, a National ID card? "Let me see your papers, sir".

B. It's "expensive". The irony is that those who claim it is too expensive would be the same to complain if it were free (because then it would be a waste of tax-payer dollars instead of the Government ripping you off). Or "subsidized". How much do you think a passport issued by a private, third-party, business would cost, $300?

C. Why would an American want to visit another country when most barely have a desire to visit another State (and some, another country)? And besides, we are too broke to do so, anyways, because you know; we take pride in working ourselves to death for little pay because Lord knows "livable" wages = Socialism.
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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Of course its an outrageous. Why the hell would we need the US governments permission to travel around the world as free individuals philosophically? I nean if anything we owe the places we are visiting for using their services and so I dont have a problem with visas. But were not paying 10 a year to travel the world, its 10 a year going to another massive federal government sinkhole. Unless you think printing a piece of paper and entering into a database costs over 100 bucks. Ripoff. I mean I pay far less per year for my drivers license and that covers tangible road issues. The federal government doesnt own as individuals and give us leases to have freedom to travel for cost. If anything these ridiculous passport fees keep a hell of a lot of lower income people passport-less. I mean 500 for a family for one trip? What kind of ridiculous nonsense is this? I mean there are plenty of families who will never travel more than once in that period.
Passports don't allow you to leave the US.
They are required to get back IN.
And many countries won't let you in, i.e. give you a visa, unless you have a passport to go back.

Heck, if $12 is too dear I think you better not go anywhere.
And if you think a ten-year passport is too expensive @ $100 you should see what some visas cost!
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Angry Compose your own, just don't print it via Walgreens

Other than Mexico, Canada and the nearest islands, traveling to foreign countries is expensive and time-consuming. If you're only taking a few days at a time, who wants to burn at least a full day of their vacation in airports and on a plane?

I'd say about half the people I know have passports, the rest have never been further than Canada, or if they have, it was work-related.

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You can download a passport photo app for your iphone or android phone which will will take a perfect passport photo. It will make 6 passport photos on 1 4x6 print which will cost you all of .29 cents. I would recommend you even take the picture using the slide down screen at CVS and walgreens and sending the picture to them via their app.

Bottom line - 6 passport pictures for .29 cents in about 5 minutes.
Just don't try to print them at Walgreens. If the clerk notices your print is passport-photo-like, they'll try to charge you the full $12.99 fee.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Passports are universal ID's recognized around the world. They are also used as proper identification instead of birth certificate and drivers licenses in the US at many agencies. They are a bargain, especially if you're a traveler anywhere.
Visa's, which are a permission to enter/visit a country, can be very expensive, many are $300.00 or more.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Originally Posted by Kim in FL View Post
Considering your passport is good for 10 yrs, that $100 averages to $10 a year. Those $12 photos, good for 10 yrs, cost you a whopping $1.20 a yr. If your photos get returned, had that happen once, the store will redo them for free.


I don't call $12.20 a yr an 'outrageous fee'..it's a cheap price to pay to able to travel the world.
Yes, Canadians pay more for a 5 year passport and ours are not renewable - Costco does passport photos.
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:29 AM
 
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Following is a list of countries that make up a large percentage of visitors to the US:

Canada
Mexico
United Kingdom
Australia
Japan
Germany
France

All the above countries offer ten year passports for adults. Two cost over $190, only one charges less than $100, can you guess which one? All require specific photo specifications. Some require personal visits to the issuing authority.

Where's the beef?
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:42 AM
 
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At CVS, 2 passport photos costed $12+tax. Holy &#%$! Where are better choices? Even at that hefty insane charge, it's not self-taken. The employee used a camera to take. I remember many years ago I took 4 photos for myself behind a curtain at Kmart and it was something like $7-8. Not sure if it changed (probably).
Those photos have some rigorous guidelines to adhere to, those old booth photos would never pass passport scrutiny.
$12 for passport photos is quite reasonable IMO.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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You know, I paid $90 for my passport (book only) twenty five years ago. Seeing as it has only risen in price by twenty bucks since then seems reasonable to me. I mean, the 7 Layer burrito from Taco Bell has more than doubled in price since then. Yup, definitely got my "$9/year" worth out of it

lol True, true....some ppl don't mind paying $6 for a bitter Starbucks coffee every morning, but God forbid they throw down $100 on something that they can actually use for years on end.
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