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Passport Card

Passport Card

While U.S. citizens anywhere in the world may apply for the passport card, including at the Consulate General in Amsterdam, customers should note that the card cannot be used for international air travel.  It is primarily designed to be used in place of the standard U.S. passport book when entering the Uniteds States by land or sea, from Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Although it carries the same rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book, immigration authorities of other countries, may not recognize the passport card as proof of U.S. citizenship.  The Netherlands authorities will not accept the card as proof of identity for instance. In addition, the card does not contain any pages for visas or immigration stamps.

The passport card is intended as a more portable and less expensive alternative to the standard passport book, primarily for those American citizens who live near the U.S. border and must cross the border frequently.

Applying for a U.S. passport card

A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82, may apply for a passport card as a renewal.  First time applicants for a U.S. passport book and/or card, and those not eligible to use the DS-82 (including minors), should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11, and set up an appointment.

For more information view our passport instructions.

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Processing time

As passport cards are produced in the United States, please allow between 3 and 6 months processing time.

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If you wish to apply in person

  • If you wish to apply in person you need an appointment for this service. Please click on the link below to choose a date and time for your appointment. When on the appointment website choose the service called"Apply for a U.S. passport for the first time.".

    Set up your appointment online