Many of our new clients that are traveling out of the country are doing so for the first time, so one of the items on their “to do” checklist is to obtain a passport. We often get the question, “what’s the difference between the passport card and the passport book?”
Passport CARDS were designed mainly for those people living in northern or southern border towns who frequently cross the border by land. It’s about the size of a driver’s license and contains an RFID chip. While the card is lower in cost to obtain, you are limited to it’s use (some people do obtain them for cruising the Caribbean). The passport card is NOT valid for international air travel.
PASSPORT CARD: First time applicant cost $55 for adults and $40 for minors under age 16. Valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors under age 16
Passport BOOKS on the other hand are valid for land, sea and air travel. While the cost difference upfront is significant, you will need a passport book to fly internationally.
PASSPORT BOOK: First time applicant cost $135 for adults and $105 for minors under age 16. Valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors under age 16
Visit the US Department of State website for full information on obtaining a passport, applications and where you can apply.