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What is a Passport Card and Why Do I Want One? Quick Facts about Passport Cards.

UPDATE TO THIS STORY POSTED ON MARCH 3, 2013: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PASSPORT DAY

Sequester Impact:  Due to the budget sequestration, Department of State Passport Agencies will not be participating and will be CLOSED on Saturday, March 9.

Many Non-Department of State Passport Acceptance Facilities, such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries will still participate. On Saturday, March 9, U.S. citizens may apply for or renew their passport book card at participating non-State Department passport application acceptance facilities. While Department of State Regional Passport Agencies and Centers will not be open for service on Saturday, March 9, many of the same services can be obtained at our acceptance facilities, such as application acceptance, including for children’s passports where both parents must be present, and expedited services. More information about where to find these location is available at this website.

 

Passport Cards…do I want one?

 

 

 

On July 14, 2008, the US Department of State began the US Passport Card program.  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.

To increase speed, efficiency, and security at US 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 can 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.

FACTS ABOUT PASSPORT CARDS

  1.  Passport cards can be issued to a) adults over the age of16 older and to b)minors who are under 16 years.
  2. Passport cards for adults are valid for 10 years.  For minors, they are valid for 5 years.
  3. The cost for a passport card is $55 for those who are first-time applicants and have not previously held a passport.  For those who have held a passport, the card cost is $30.  The cost for passport cards for minors is $40.
  4. First time applicants can apply at any one of our 9,400 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities across the country. Locate a passport acceptance facility near you and submit your application today!
  5. The passport card is adjudicated to the same standards as the passport book. You must provide documents that establish your U.S. citizenship and identity.

For more information about Passport Cards, visit this website

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