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U.S. PASSCARD Application Guide

U.S. citizens can now apply for the new United States Passport Card. The U.S. Passport Card provides a convenient alternative to carrying a bulky, full sized U.S. Passport. The U.S. Passport Card is similar to a regular passport as it provides proof of both U.S. citizenship and identity; however, the U.S. Passport Card is the size of a bank card. The U.S. Passport Card fulfills the new border travel requirements that will take effect in June 2009 and will expedite sea and land border crossings between the United States, Mexico, Canada, Bahamas and the Caribbean. The regular U.S. Passport or Passport Book is still the only valid document for international air travel. Applications for U.S. Passport Cards were made available on February 1, 2008 and production began in July, 2008. Once the Department of State receives the U.S. Passport Card application, individuals can expect to receive their U.S. Passport Card in approximately three weeks. Individuals are encouraged to apply early for this useful and convenient documentation.

  • Start Application Immediately
  • Easy to Understand Instructions
  • Apply Online or by Mail
  • Pricing and Fee Information Included
  • Checklist of Required Documents
  • Unlimited Online Support

What’s included

  • Overview of the United States Passport Card Application Process
  • Who can apply for a United States Passport Card
  • How to apply for a U.S. Passport Card
  • Application procedures for your first United States Passport Card
  • Application procedures for your first U.S. Passport
  • How to renew your U.S. Passport and Passport Card
  • Information on urgent passport applications and renewals
  • How to request a replacement of a lost or stolen passport
  • How to add blank pages to a valid passport (48-page passports are no longer issued)
  • Special requirements for individuals under 16 years of age including babies
  • Filing fees and Payment information
  • Photo instructions
  • Eligibility Information
  • List of Required Documents
  • How to update your U.S. Passport after a name change
  • How to check the status of your passport application once submitted
  • Locate the 9000 designated passport application facilities nationwide
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • List of USCIS Offices Nationwide
  • Information on how to obtain the latest United States immigration forms

Download U.S. PASSCARD Application Guide for more information

Important Warning & Legal Disclaimer

  • U.S. Immigration Support (this website) does not issue passports or passport cards. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to issue United States passports and passport cards.
  • U.S. Immigration Support (this website) does not submit applications on behalf of applicants.

 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 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.

U.S. Passport Card Application Process

  • Step 1 – Download the United States Passport Card Application Guide
  • Step 2 – Carefully read the instructions provided in the application guide
  • Step 3 – Download and complete the application forms
  • Step 4 – If there is a name change, include a certified copy of a legal document
  • Step 5 – Take passport pictures according to the instructions provided
  • Step 6 – Visit in person or mail the application forms to an official recognized passport facility. Include the following: proof of identity and citizenship, passport pictures and supplemental documentation (if applicable). Addresses and contact information are included in the application guide.
  • Step 7 – Receive your passport in 28 to 42 days or pay an expedited fee and receive your passport within 10 to 14 days. More information about the expedited processing can be found in the United States Passport Card Application Guide.


  • January 23, 2007: A passport will be required for re-entering the United States by air from the following destinations: Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, in addition to all other foreign destinations that already require a passport.
  • January 31, 2008: All U.S. citizens must carry a Birth Certificate and valid identification (Driver’s License or State Identification) in order to cross U.S. land borders. However, the U.S. Passport Card eliminates the need for two separate pieces of identification. U.S. citizens living in border towns will also benefit from the new U.S. Passport Card. The Passport Card provides U.S. citizens with the convenience of traveling to Canada or Mexico by land, or taking a cruise to the Caribbean with a small and less expensive option than a regular U.S. Passport.
  • June 1, 2009: U.S. citizens entering the United States by sea, air, or land (regardless of destination) must present a U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, or other WHTI compliant document.
  • Valid for land and sea travel between the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
  • A Passport Card cannot be used for international travel by air.
  • U.S. Passport Cards are available as of July 14, 2008.
  • U.S. Passport Cards are issued by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Available only to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must first apply for United States Citizenship.

Why apply for a PASSCARD (United States Passport Card)?

  • It is your right as a U.S. citizen to apply for a U.S. Passport Card.
  • Be ready to travel on short notice to the Caribbean on a cruise or visit relatives or friends in Canada or Mexico via land border crossings
  • International travel is considered a right that cannot be denied to any U.S. citizen and by having a Passport Card you can exercise your right to travel abroad
  • Passport Card holders can travel to several countries without obtaining a visa.
  • As of January 31, 2008, all U.S. citizens are required to have a valid WHTI-compliant document or government issued ID to cross any land and sea borders between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean The identification documents must fulfill both the identity requirement (e.g. U.S. Drivers License) and citizenship requirement (e.g. U.S. Birth Certificate). The Passport Card fulfills both the identity and citizenship requirement.
  • As of June 1, 2009 all U.S. citizens entering the United States by sea, air, or land (regardless of destination) will be required to present a US Passport, US Passport Card, or other WHTI compliant document.
  • The Passport Card also serves as a valid proof of identification for traveling by air within the United States, and may be used as proof of legal age for alcohol and tobacco purchases.
  • For international travel by air a regular U.S. Passport is still the only valid travel document
  • The Passport Card is a less expensive option if you only plan on traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean by land or sea
  • United States citizens can hold both a Passport Card and a regular U.S. Passport.

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