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Do You Need a Passport Book Or Passport Card?

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There is a fine line of difference between Passport book and Passport Card. It will depend on what you need to get and what you need it for. This article will help you know the difference between the two types of passport.

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         Do You Need a Passport Book Or Passport Card?
The U.S. Department of State Passport Services recently began issuing the
passport card as an alternative to the traditional passport book. In a short period
of time, Passport Services received over 350,000 applications for the passport
card. What is the purpose of the passport card? How does it differ from the
passport book? Which travel document should you choose? Is one better than the
other? These are just a few of the questions for which you will find answers
below.

You may use the passport card when traveling by land and sea anywhere in the
U.S. when you arrive from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The
Passport care may NOT be used if you are going to travel by air. Other than that, it
carries all of the privileges and right of the U.S. passport book.

The State Department has begun issuing passport cards in response to the needs
of resident communities that are located on the borders of our great country. It is
a less expensive and a much more portable alternative to the traditional passport
book. The passport card has the same validity as the passport book - ten years for
adults and five years for children ages 15 and younger. If an adult already has a
passport book, they may apply for the card and only have to pay $20 because it
would be considered as a passport renewal. First time adult applicants will pay a
fee of $45 while for children it is $35.

The passport card contains a radio frequency identification chip or RFID in order
to facilitate U.S. citizens who are living in border communities. No personal
information is written on the RFID chip.

The U.S. State Department along with the Department of Homeland Security
stated that the U.S. Passport Card is now in full production and is also being
distributed. The Passport Card is a convenient document that you can slip right
into your wallet and is used for land and sea travel. It is NOT valid for
international air travel.

         U.S. Passport Service Guide – http://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/
Starting in June, 2009, travelers will have to show their Passport Card that
denotes both their identity and citizenship when coming into the U.S. through a
sea or land border.

Passport Cards Vs. Passport Books

Passport Book- Valid if you travel by air, sea and land

Passport Card - This is only valid if you travel by sea and land only. It is limited to
travel between the United States and Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and
Bermuda.

Passport Book and Passport Cards - These are both valid for adults for 10 years
and 5 years for minors

Passport Book Cost - The first time fee for an adult applicant is $100 and $85 for
minors. This includes both the application fee and the execution fee.

Passport Card Cost - $45 for those 16 and over including execution fee and $35 for
those under 16.

It there is the slightest chance that you might travel by air over the next 10 years,
I would suggest that you go ahead and obtain the passport book. It allows you to
travel anywhere that you can with the passport card with the additional benefit of
being able to travel by air. Just keep in mind that the book is a bit more expensive.
If you don't mind the expense, you may opt for both the passport book and the
passport card.



Visit U.S. Passport Service Guide for information on how to apply for a passport.
In a hurry to get your passport? Access our directory of online passport
expediters.

U.S. Passport Service Guide
www.us-passport-service-guide.com



          U.S. Passport Service Guide – http://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/

								
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