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On-Line Processing of U.S. Passport Cards

On January 24, the Department of State’s Office of Passport Services implemented a 90-day pilot program allowing for on-line U.S. passport card applications. The U.S. passport card is a wallet-sized passport that serves as a lower cost alternative to a passport book as it is only $30. However, it is not valid for international air travel and is limited to land and sea travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The pilot program allowing for on-line passport card applications is available to adult U.S. citizens living in the United States and Canada who currently possess a valid 10 year U.S. passport book. It is intended to save applicants both time and money as applicants can now submit their application on-line by uploading a digital photo and making an on-line payment rather than having to mail in the requisite documents. To apply for the passport card using the online application, visit

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