United States of America Passport Card

 

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The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.  The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air. It carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.

Validity and Cost

Adults (Age 16 and Older)Validity: 10 yearsFirst-Time Applicant Cost: $55Previous Passport Holder Cost: $30 Minors (Under Age 16)Validity: 5 yearsCost for All Minors: $40

You can apply for a card during your initial passport application.  Must be marked on application at time of processing OR/

A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82 , may apply for a passport card as a Renewal.

First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.

The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book. The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal and pay

$30.00 US Department of State and $75.00 Just In Document service fees.

First-time adult applicants pay

$55.00 US Department of State and $75.00  Just In Document service fees and

Minors $40.00 US Department of State and $75.00 Just In Document service fees.

To facilitate the frequent travel of U.S. citizens living in border communities and to meet Department of Homeland Security’s operational needs at land borders, the passport card contains a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. This chip points to a stored record in secure government databases. There is no personal information written to the RFID chip itself.