With changes in travel requirements and restrictions, you may find it beneficial to have a US Passport on hand. But the truth is that you do have choices. There are the traditional passport books, and if you want to explore more cost effective options, the passport card may be perfect for your needs. The passport card requirements are generally going to allow you to travel in a more cost effective manner to neighboring countries. However, you may find you have questions.
What exactly is the passport card?
The passport card is a valid US Passport alternative to the book format. Good for traveling to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, and/or Mexico, this little wonder is less expensive, more convenient, and smaller than its predecessor. The passport card is also good for traveling by sea or land not by air.
What are the passport card requirements?
With the passport card, you are still obtaining a fully valid passport that says, “Hey, I am a US citizen!” As such, you will need to provide much of the same documentation and verification of identity and US citizenship as the traditional passport book.
If you currently have a passport book, you may be able to simply fill out a renewal application and obtain your passport card even if this is your first one. Costing only $45 for adults and $35 for minors sure makes the passport card easy on the pocketbook.
You will need to fill out Form DS-11 if you are a new applicant. In addition, you must provide your social security number. Do not sign the application until an Acceptance Agent has instructed you to do so. You will also need to provide proof of US citizenship.
By the way, the documentation you send in as identification will be returned to you along with your new passport card or in a separate mailing!
What can you use as proof of citizenship?
-- Certificate of citizenship
-- Naturalization certificate
-- Certificate of birth or consular report of birth abroad
-- Certified birth certificate issued by state, county, or city
-- Previously issued and undamaged US Passport
What are some of the secondary forms of citizenship accepted?
-- Doctors record of post-natal care
-- Early school record
-- Family bible record
-- Census record
-- Hospital birth certificate
-- Baptismal certificate
In addition to those secondary forms of identification, you will need the following:
-- Letter of No Record issued by the state with your name, date of birth, birth record search year, and acknowledgment of no birth certificate along with early public records
-- Form DS-10: Birth Affidavit
-- Foreign birth documents AND proof of parental citizenship
What is not considered acceptable proof of citizenship?
-- Social security card
-- Army discharge paper
-- Voter registration card
Meeting the passport card requirements is not any more difficult than if applying for a traditional passport book. You will find that once you obtain your passport card, you are able to travel to neighboring countries by land or sea with ease.
[Home] [Passports] [Visas]
VIP Passports And Visa Services