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. A U.S. Passport Card is also considered a Real ID compliant document. As such, it can be used as a convenient ID for clearing TSA checkpoints when traveling domestically in the United States.
To increase speed, efficiency, and security at U.S. land and sea border crossings, the passport card contains a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. There is no personal information written to the RFID chip. This chip points to a stored record in secure government databases.
With RFID technology, Customs and Border Protection inspectors will be able to access photographs and other biographical information stored in secure government databases as the traveler approaches an inspection station.
The passport card uses state-of-the-art security features to prevent against the possibility of counterfeiting and forgery. A protective RFID-blocking sleeve is provided with each passport card to protect against unauthorized reading or tracking of the card when it is not in use.
How to apply
All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card.
If you have a U.S. passport book and are eligible to use Form DS-82 you may apply for the card. You can use Form DS-82 to renew your passport book at the same time that your apply for your passport card. Please refer to our instructions for renewal.
If you have never had a U.S. passport book or are not eligible to use Form DS-82, you must apply in person using Form DS-11 and follow the instructions for a first time passport.
|Adults (aged 16 and older)
- Validity: 10 years
- First-Time Applicant Cost: $55
- Previous Passport Holder Cost: $30
||Minors (aged 15 and under)
- Validity: 5 years
- Cost for All Minors: $40
The U.S. Department of State began production of the U.S. Passport Card on July 14, 2008. Within 2 years, more than 2,700,000 Passport Cards were issued to U.S. citizens.
Learn more about U.S. Passport Cards on the U.S. Department of State website.
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