Increases to U.S. Passport Fees and New Parental Signature Requirements
for U.S. Minors

On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Government will increase its fees for
certain U.S. citizen passport services. For adult applicants renewing a
passport, the total fee will increase to $75. For first-time applicants
age 16 and over, the total fee will increase to $100. The fee for
minors under 16 years of age will be $85.

Effective February 1, 2008, passport applicants who are U.S. citizen
minors under the age of 16 must appear personally with their parents to
establish identity, proof of citizenship and proof of relationship.
For parental application permission, both parents must appear together
and sign, or one parent may appear to sign and submit the other parent's
notarized statement, or one parent may appear, sign, and submit primary
evidence of sole authority. Minors age 16 and 17 may apply in person
with their own identification, but for security reasons, parental
consent may be required. If your child does not have identification of
their own, a parent will be required to accompany the child and present

Please refer to the Department of State's website at for complete information on all new requirements, including
downloadable revised forms that must be used as of February 1, and the U.S.
Embassy website at
<> for complete U.S. passport
application instructions.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's
website <>
and the U.S. Department of State's travel website at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel
Alerts can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to
review to "A Safe Trip Abroad," found at
<> , which
includes valuable security information for those both living and
traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may
obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada
on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Citizens living and residing in Nicaragua are advised to register their
presence in the country through the U.S. Department of State's
automated online registration system,
<> . U.S. citizens may also contact
the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy via e-mail
( or by calling 011-505-252-7345. This complete
message is available on the Embassy's website at <> .

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is now located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua,
Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at
011-505-252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S.
citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.

General information regarding consular service is available by calling
011-505-252-7888. Non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are
available Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and
U.S. holidays.