U.S. Passport Card Application Guide

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Quick Overview

The Passport Card is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship in a credit card size format. United States citizens may now apply for the new Passport Card. If you are interested in obtaining the Passport Card are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Individuals that apply in advance will receive the Passport Card by mail directly from the Department of State once it is available. The process of applying for a US Passport Card can be a frustrating experience. It is recommended that all applicants follow the instructions included the US Passport Card Application Guide before submitting any applications. Download the US Passport Card Application Guide and carefully read the instructions provided in the application guide. Then fill out the application forms included and take passport pictures according to the instructions provided. Addresses and contact information is included in the application guide so that you may visit an official recognized passport facility in person. If you are mailing your application, be sure to include proof of identity and citizenship, passport pictures and supplemental documentation.
Overview of Contents
  • Overview of United States Passport and Passport Cards
  • Overview of the Passport Card Application Process
  • United States Passport Card Eligibility Information
  • Benefits of having a U.S. Passport Card
  • Drawbacks of having a U.S. Passport Card
  • Who can Submit a U.S. Passport Card Application
  • Passport Card Application Requirements
  • Passport Card Application Instructions
  • Card Passport Filing Fees
  • Special Requirements for Individuals Under 16 Years
  • Waivers and Exceptions
  • How to Apply in Person
  • How to Apply by Mail
  • Urgent Passport and Passport Card Applications
  • Urgent Passport Renewals
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Designated Passport Application Facilities
  • List of USCIS Offices in the United States
  • List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad
  • All required immigration forms are included

Product Description

U.S. Passport Card Fast Facts:
  • The Passport Card is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship in a credit card size format
  • A regular U.S. Passport is still the only valid document for international air travel
  • It will fulfill new border travel requirements and expedite sea and land border crossings between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas and the Caribbean
  • Applications for Passport Cards are available as of February 01, 2011. However, Passport Cards will not be issued until the fall of 2011
  • Valid only for land and sea travel between the United States and Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean
  • A Passport Card cannot be used for international travel by air
  • Applications are currently being taken but issuance of the new Passport Card is expected to be in the fall of 2011
  • Issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • The Passport Card contains both eye readable and machine readable information
  • Available only to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must first apply for United States Citizenship
Passport Card Application Fee:
The purchase price of the U.S. Passport Card Application Guide does NOT include any government fees. There are additional Government fees such as the Passport Card Application Fee and the Execution Fee, which are paid directly to the U.S. Department of State if the application is filed with a Regional Passport Agency. Additional information about filling fees can be found in the application guide.

How to Apply for United States Passport Card
Download the Passport Card Application Guide and submit your application following the instructions provided.