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Passport FAQs

U.S. Citizen Services FAQs

What is the passport card?

The passport card is a wallet-size card than can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.  The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and more convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea.

Can I use the passport card to travel within Europe?

No, the card can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.  For travel outside of these countries you are required to have valid U.S. passport.

Why can’t I use the passport card to fly to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda?

The passport card is designed for the specific needs of the northern and southern border resident communities and is not a globally interoperable travel document as is the traditional passport book. The passport book will remain the premier internationally accepted travel document.

Can I apply for the passport card and passport book at the same time using the same application?

Yes.

How much will the passport card cost?

For first time applicants, the passport card will cost $45 for adults and $35 for children under the age of 16, which includes the execution fee of $25.  Adults with fully valid passports issued with the last fifteen years can apply for the card by mail using For DS-82, at a cost of $20.

How many photos are required for the passport card?

Two photos are required, same as for a passport book.

How many photos are required when applying for both the passport book and passport card on the same application?

Two photos are required.

Can I use the passport card as valid ID in The Netherlands?

No, only a valid residence permit if you are a resident, or your U.S. passport book can be used as valid ID in The Netherlands. For more information, please see our section on Mandatory Identification Obligation.