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How to Expedite a Passport Card

Do you know when and where does a passport card can be used?

If you can answer this question, then you will know if you should apply for a passport card. A passport card is accepted at the port of entry when you travel by land and sea. It will not be taken if you travel internationally by air.

Where Does a Passport Card Acceptable?

If you are traveling to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, you can use a passport card. Some port of entry when going on a cruise will accept a passport card as identification. Make sure you inquire before you purchase a cruise vacation.

Passport Card Requirements

When you apply for a passport card, you must complete an application and provide additional documents. Since a passport card is used for identification purposes like a passport, they both have similar requirements. To apply, you must provide:

  • A completed DS-11 Form
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of identity
  • Pay fee

Places to Apply for a Passport Card

The State Department issues a passport card. To apply for one, submit your documents at a post office, county clerk’s office, courthouse, or a library. Each location will verify the application and accept it if all the necessary papers are present with the appropriate fee.

Apply also at an expeditor to get one in a shorter time that it takes to get it at the other facilities. Expeditors offer 24-hour services, as well as in a few days.

How long it takes to get a Passport Card?

The process takes 4-6 weeks at a post office. However, with expedited processing, it will take 2-3 weeks. Private expeditors and regional passport agencies can provide one in 24 hours.

Passport Card vs. Passport Book

There are some advantages to owning a passport card. However, due to its limitations, you may consider getting a passport. So, here are some comparison between a passport card and a book.

Passport When to use Advantages/Disadvantages Cost
  • Traveling to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean
  • Traveling by land or sea

  • Size of a driver’s license
  • Cheaper
  • Expires in 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors


  • Limited to traveling by land or sea
Adult: $65

Child: $50

  • Traveling internationally

  • It’s a book with pages
  • No limit on where to use it
  • Can hold visas
  • Expires every 10 years for adults and 5 years for minor


  • More expensive than a card
  • Bigger than a card
Adult: $145

Child: $110


You could apply for a passport card if you prefer to travel with one instead of a passport. Keep in mind the places that will accept it and grant entry. When you apply, you will submit the same documents as you would for a passport. One advantage when you do is the cost you will pay. It is cheaper and valid for the same amount of time as a passport.

If you lose your passport card, you can apply for a replacement. You will submit the same documents and pay the fee for the replacement. The cost is less for a replacement card.

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