- 1 month ago
Processing fees. It takes time for the U.S. Passport Service to check everything out.
- W.T. DoorLv 72 months ago
When asking about passports you have to say the country.
- CliveLv 72 months ago
Because it costs that much to produce. For a first time, whatever government agency issues them has to check whether you're a citizen entitled to one. Then it costs money to produce the special secure paper, print it, bind it, and these days, put a biometric chip in it. And if your country's passport issuing process includes an interview to confirm your identity, that's got to be paid for as well.
Furthermore, the average government doesn't subsidise it because it doesn't see why other people should pay in their taxes so you can travel, so you're paying the full cost. If you can afford to travel abroad, you can perfectly well afford a bit extra for a passport. And you only pay once every 10 years so it's not that much.
- conley39Lv 72 months ago
They aren't all that expensive when you consider the man power required to process the large numbers of applications.
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- -Lv 62 months ago
Divide the cost by how many years it's valid. You'll soon think it's cheap as.
- John FLv 62 months ago
Wait until you see the price of international airfares. Actually about half of the fare is taxes.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Becsuse if you cant afford a passport there's no way you could afford to travel
- GypsyfishLv 72 months ago
The people who process them have to be paid, the computer systems they use to verify your background have to be purchased and maintained, the offices the people occupy have to be paid for. The government doesn't see the need to subsidize this out of taxpayer money- they think if you can afford to travel internationally, you can afford to pay for a passport. As Karen has pointed out, viewed over the 10 years that they are good for, they're not really that expensive.
- Karen LLv 72 months ago
How much are they charging in your country? My Canadian passport, good for ten years, cost me $160. $16 a year. How is that expensive? It costs far more than that to travel out of the country. $16 might buy you a 100-mile bus ride. Heck, you'll probably pay that much for a sandwich and a coffee at the airport.
- 2 months ago
Probably because the government know that they can get away with making it so expensive. They know that you need a passport if you ever want to travel to another country, and they know that unless the cost is prohibitively high, you're not going to refuse to get one just because you happen to find the price unreasonable.
In economics, this is known as "inelastic demand".