United States citizens may now apply for the new Passport Card. The U.S.
Passport Card will fulfill new border travel requirements and expedite sea and
land border crossings between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas and the
Caribbean. The Passport Card itself is a U.S. Passport in a card format. The
Passport Card is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. However, a regular U.S.
Passport is still the only valid document for international air travel.
Applications for Passport Cards are available as of February 01, 2008. However,
Passport Cards will not be issued until the fall of 2008. Individuals 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.
Overview of the United States Passport Card:
- 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 2008
- 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