You can apply for a passport card by filling out and mailing in Form DS-82 as long as you submit it with your application, it is undamaged other than normal wear and tear, was issued when you were 16 years or older, was issued within the past 15 years, was issued in your current name (or you can provide documentation that your name changed with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order). If none of these apply to you, then you must apply for a passport in person. All passport cards will be mailed using First Class Mail only. You can use Form DS-82 to renew your passport book at the same time you apply for your first passport card.
|US Passport Book|
|For international travel by air, land or sea|
|Validity is 16 years and older: 10 years under 16: 5 years|
|Size is 5" x 3.5" (When closed)|
|US Passport Card|
|Used for entering the US at land borders and sea ports of entry from places like Canada, Mexico, The Caribbean, Bermuda|
|A passport card cannot be used for any international air travel|
|Validity is 16 and older: 10 years under 16: 5 years|
|The passport card is wallet size|
With a swipe of the card this chip technology allows the Customs and Border Protection inspectors to quickly and easily view photographs and other biographical information stored in these government databases as passport card holders approach any inspection station. Along with being fast and efficient, this new technology makes it impossible to counterfeit and forge. Each card issued comes with a protective sleeve that you can store the card when not in use. This will prevent anyone from unauthorized access and tracking.