U.S Passport Card

Published 03/11/2015 10:50 PM   |    Updated 07/14/2015 02:50 PM

The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air outside the United States. It will otherwise carry the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book.

The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book. The card will have the same validity period as a passport book: 10 years for an adult (age 16 and older); five years for minors (under 16 years of age).

  • New Passport Card cost: $55 (age 16 and older); $40 (minors under 16 years of age)
  • Passport Card renewal cost: $30 (every ten years for adults)

To facilitate the frequent travel of U.S. citizens living in border communities and to meet DHS’s operational needs at land borders, the passport card will contain a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. This chip will link the card to a stored record in secure government databases. There will be no personal information written to the RFID chip itself.

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