January 24, 2022

Neguse, Hickenlooper, Bennet Announce Passport Fee Waiver for Marshall Fire Survivors

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse and U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet announced that the U.S. Department of State will waive fees for replacement passports destroyed or damaged in the Marshall Fire. On Friday, Neguse, Hickenlooper, and Bennet sent a letter requesting passport fee waivers for Marshall Fire survivors. The Department of State approved the request the same day. 

“As the Boulder community works to recover and rebuild from the devastating Marshall Fire, we are doing all we can to make their next steps as seamless as possible,” said Congressman Neguse. “This passport fee waiver will ensure folks can replace destroyed documents without paying a cost.”

“Marshall Fire survivors deserve our help,” said Hickenlooper. “This fee waiver will help replace passports at no cost.”

“As our communities rebuild, I’m grateful that the Department of State will waive fees for replacing passports lost in the Marshall Fire,” said Bennet. “This will ease some financial burden for victims as they move forward and recover from this disaster.” 

More information on the passport fee waivers for Marshall Fire survivors can be found HERE or HERE

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes the president, through the Department of State, to waive U.S. passport application fees when passports are lost or destroyed in a major disaster, such as the Marshall Fire. 

The Marshall Fire, now Colorado’s most destructive fire in history, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses on December 30, 2021. President Biden authorized a Major Disaster Declaration the following day to expedite federal assistance. 

Marshall Fire survivors who need help replacing government documents such as passports or social security cards can contact Congressman Neguse’s office for help at (303) 335-1045. 

The letter sent by Neguse, Hickenlooper, and Bennet to the Department of State is available HERE.