- As of April 2nd, 2018 Passport Fees have gone up. Please see our updated content on how much a passport costs for the most up to date information.
How to Get a Passport Card
Have you ever wished your passport could fit inside your wallet? It can! You can get a US passport card, whether or not you currently hold a passport book. A passport card is the same size as a driver’s license, and is official proof of your identity and US citizenship. They are particularly useful as identification for children who are too young to get a driver’s license.
The main difference between a passport card and a passport book – other than the physical size and format – is that the card can not be used for any international travel by air. Any time you board an international flight, you will need a valid US passport book.
Passport cards, like passport books, are valid for 10 years from the date of issue (or 5 years, for children age 15 and younger). If you already hold a passport book, your card will be issued with a different number. You do not need a valid passport book in order to apply for a passport ID card, and you can apply for either the card only, or you can apply for a passport book and a passport card at the same time.
You’ll find all the details you’ll need to apply for a passport card in our guide, including the requirements and how to get it fast.