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Passport Cards

On July 14, 2008, manufacturing of the U.S. Passport Card went into effect. More than 2,700,000 Passport Cards had been given out to American residents as of March 2010.

A US passport card is more practical and less expensive than a passport book. It serves as a federal ID and is only valid for travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda through land border crossings or maritime ports-of-entry. The passport card is ineligible for usage on overseas flights.

All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a passport card.

You can apply for the card by mail if you possess a U.S. passport book and are qualified to use Form DS-82. To ensure that your passport book and card have the same number, you must apply for your passport card and passport book renewal at the same time. You must submit a Form DS-11 as a New Applicant in person if you have never held a U.S. passport book.

First Class Mail will be used to send back each passport card. There is no overnight delivery option available for passport cards to be sent to you.

Excellent security features are also present on the Passport card. Modern security measures are used to guard against the danger of counterfeiting and forging. Each passport card comes with an RFID-blocking sleeve that prevents reading or monitoring of the card by unauthorized individuals when it is not in use. The passport card has a nearby-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip, which improves speed, efficiency, and security at land and marine border crossings in the United States. The RFID chip does not contain any private information. This chip directs you to a document that’s been kept in a safe government database. When a tourist approaches an inspection station, Customs and Border Protection inspectors using RFID technology will be able to access photos and other biographical data kept in secure government databases.

1.Complete the passport application

On the Department of State website, you can accomplish this the easiest manner. The time frame is 30 to 45 minutes.

2.Collect documents

Birth certificate, a duplicate of your driver’s license, and passport photos (if you want to get your photos taken before having your application sealed or if the passport office of your choice doesn’t offer on-site photo services).

3.Get a cheque or money order ready.

The acceptance agent charge will be paid individually; all fees are listed under the passport fees.

4.Contact the Acceptance Agent

It’s time for the applicant to go see an acceptance agent at a nearby passport office once all the required paperwork has been gathered and the application has been printed. A scheduled appointment is necessary at some acceptance agent locations.

5.Wait 8–11 weeks or, if expedited, 5-7 weeks.

As a result of Coronavirus, the best way to get it quickly is to visit a Regional Passport Agency with verification of travel in 72 hours or less.