The cost of a new passport will increase soon.
This was revealed by Immigration director Major Vuniwaqa yesterday.
The present cost of processing a new passport is $76 but Major Vuniwaqa did not say how much it would cost to apply for a new passport.
The Immigration Department made a proposal of the new price to Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga earlier this year.
Major Vuniwaqa said they were only waiting for the right time to implement the new price as they have deprived members of the public for a long time.
He said there would be no room for fraudulent activities with the new features included in the new passports.
"People may try if they want, but we have securities and special features that will detect them," he said
"We have decided a new price but we implement it when the time is right," Major Vuniwaqa said.
He said the cause of delay by Oberthur Technologies in France was because of the special and unique paper used to make the new booklet.
"This paper has never been used by any other country except Fiji," Major Vuniwaqa said.
Major Vuniwaqa said the new price should meet the quality and validity of the new passports.
The department had ordered about 76,000 passports that will be enough for two years.