US Company Now Lets Travelers Pay for Passports With Bitcoin

Payments for passport renewals and name changes are being processed by Coinbase Commerce.

Nov 13, 2020 at 12:22 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. UTC

Peninsula Visa, a firm providing passport and visa services in the U.S., says it now accepts payments in bitcoin.

  • Peninsula said Wednesday the payments will be processed through Coinbase Commerce, the merchant payments arm of the cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Not all services are included; currently, customers can use bitcoin to fund passport renewals, name changes and second passports.
  • Other passport and visa services will be included in the program over the next year, the firm said.
  • “Never before has anyone been able to pay for a U.S. passport using a digital currency," said Evan James, chief operating officer at Peninsula Visa.
  • With the coronavirus pushing the world to be increasingly digital, bringing in the new payment options now "feels like the right move at the right time," he added.

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