This information was provided by the Rice County Recorder's Office.

The U.S. Department of State this week announced a $20 increase in the passport book fee, effective Monday, Dec. 27, 2021.

The application fee for a first-time adult passport book moves to $130; the fee for minors will be $100. A $35 fee paid to the acceptance facility remains unchanged. There is no increase in the fee for a passport card or expedited service.

Adults applying for their initial passport, and minors applying for or renewing their passport may do so by appointment only at the Rice County Recorder’s Office inside the Rice County Government Services Building, 320 Third St., Faribault. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Call 507-332-6114 to schedule appointment.

Adults applying for their first passport, and minors needing their first passport or a renewal should

  • Complete the DS-11 passport application in black ink before arriving at the Recorder’s Office. Do not sign the application. Applications should be printed on one side of the page only. DS-11 applications can be found online at
  •  Bring a certified birth certificate or U.S. Naturalization certificate to the appointment. Applicants born in Minnesota can obtain a birth certificate for $26 from the Recorder’s Office. Note: Citizenship documentation will be submitted to the State Department with the passport application, and returned once the passport is mailed.
  • A passport-size photo is required. The Recorder’s Office can take the photos for a $15 fee.
  • A valid photo ID is must be presented when applying.
  • A separate check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State is required for each application.
  • Execution fees can be paid by cash, check or money order made payable to the Rice County Recorder.

Adults needing to renew passports, provided they have expired within the last five years or are about to expire, should apply via mail using the DS-82 form found online at

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